Souvan S. Lee

Souvan coordinates SEARAC’s annual Leadership & Advocacy Training and works with local partners on various programs.  He also works with the Education Policy Director and SEARAC’s education initiatives. 

Prior to joining SEARAC, Souvan served as Legislative Liaison for the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, a state agency in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he worked with state legislators and AAPI community members on education and health policies.  Additionally, he served as a Congressional Page for the Honorable Congresswoman Betty McCollum and has worked on various local and national political campaigns.

Souvan grew up in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and co-founded the Hmong Men’s Circle, a student support group for Hmong male college students.  The group also created a mentoring program with a local high school, pairing a Hmong male college student with a high school student to encourage and support them to pursue higher education.  Souvan’s parents are Hmong refugees from Laos and he is the second oldest of five children.