Lee leads SEARAC’s policy advocacy and strategy to address health disparities within the Southeast Asian American (SEAA) community. Lee expands the policy advocacy capacity of SEAA-serving organizations and individuals by coordinating advocacy campaigns, building coalitions, and developing advocacy trainings. Her passion is grounded in reducing health disparities for SEAA and other underserved communities through improved access, quality care, culturally and linguistically competent services, and data equity.
Lee graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in political science: public service and a Bachelor of Science in community and regional development with a minor in education. Lee first began working in the SEAA community as a youth advisory member to Hmong Women’s Heritage Association’s youth program, leading community events to address issues facing Hmong youth in Sacramento. In 2009, Lee served on the Sacramento County Mental Health Services Act – For Youth by Youth Community Educational Forum and contributed to the development of Sacramento County’s Prevention and Early Intervention Department. Lee has dedicated the last 10 years to organizing systematic change for underrepresented and underserved communities through programmatic implementation and administrative and policy advocacy.
Aside from her commitment to social justice, Lee also enjoys traveling, journaling, dreaming about food tours, and catching a glimpse of whales and whale sharks.