Lee is an educator, community organizer, and legal services attorney who has been an active and proud resident of Somerville’s Spring Hill neighborhood since 2004.
Lee’s son, Andrew, was born in Somerville and attends the the Unidos program at the East Somerville Community School, the city’s two-way English/Spanish language and cultural immersion program. Lee chose to raise her son in Somerville because of its strong sense of community, and the rich cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity Somerville offers families.
In her role as an educator, Lee taught high school Spanish in the Boston Public Schools. She also served as Executive Director of Kesher, a Somerville-based after-school and pre-school program. Additionally, she has worked with the Somerville School Department and the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative as the coordinator for the 2014 Early Childhood Literacy Fair and the 2015 Summer Camp and Activities Fair.
Prior to serving on the School Committee, Lee consulted with the City of Somerville on projects that supported the work of the Somerville Promise Alliance (SomerPromise). This citywide campaign ensures that every child living in Somerville achieves his or her greatest potential, graduates from high school, and is prepared for college or the workforce. Lee also served last school year as a communications consultant for the PEP Grant, which funds efforts to increase physical activity and nutrition education for students and their families in Somerville.
Lee currently works as an AmeriCorps Attorney at Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services where she defends low-income families, many of whom are immigrants, against eviction, and assists clients with obtaining and preserving public benefits including food stamps, social security and cash welfare. Formerly, Lee also worked as a civil rights attorney/educator with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts working in public school districts to train school administrators and teachers on Title IX compliance. She also served as the Field Director to pass the Community Preservation Act in Somerville to increase funding for parks and recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation, and has worked as a union organizer with labor unions SEIU and UNITE.
Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (dual major in Political Science and Spanish Language) from the University of Michigan in 2001, earned her Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 2003, and received her Juris Doctor from the Northeastern University of School of Law in 2011.
“While Somerville schools have many strong assets, as a parent and community activist, I also see many areas for growth and opportunity to maximize every child’s ability to learn and to fully participate in school, home, and community activities.”