Lee is the first Community Scholar at Stonehill College. Appointed in 2011, she taught Leadership, Women and Community Organizing during spring 2012 semester. She is currently teaching Grassroots Community Organizing, with a focus on historical and modern day labor / social movements. Lee is also a Pastor’s Scholar in Boston University’s Graduate School of Theology. There she is concentrating on the linkages between community building/social justice work, and the principles/values of forgiveness/restorative justice/spirituality, as it relates to incarceration and community re-entry. Her study in this field supports a developing prison project, Do-Right Ministries: a social mission, which features long term prisoner’s mixed media art and its intersection with forgiveness, redemption, and lessons of renewal. Lee is also the Founder and Managing Director of Organizing for Survival, a nonprofit organization, that supports organizational and leadership development activities, both in start-up organizations, and among community-led social justice /movement building groups.
Lee has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, both in Massachusetts and New York. She recently completed a one year appointment at Boston Rising, an anti-poverty fund, in Boston, MA. Prior to that work, Lee completed a three year assignment at My Sister’s Keeper, a Massachusetts-based, international focused project, which promotes leadership and peace building training / healing throughout Sudan among culturally diverse women. She worked both inside Sudan and in the US. During her time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lee co-designed and led the Boston Community Learning Project, and was the Mel King Community Fellow for 2 years (2006-2008). Before moving to Massachusetts in 2004, Lee led The Harlem Children’s Zone’s community organizing and resident engagement work for more that eleven years. She also led a tenant organizing and affordable housing cooperative movement for ten years at Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in NYC. Lee is a board member of The Edward L. Cooper Community Garden and Education Center in Roxbury, MA and The Center for Church and Prison in Boston. She holds a Master’s Degree from New Hampshire College.