Council of Korean Americans
Member Since 2017
Jessica Lee is a Senior Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Previously, Jessica served as Interim Executive Director of CKA from April to November 2018, managing the DC-based staff and working with 17 board members and a national membership of 200 mostly c-suite executives to increase the voice, visibility and influence of Korean Americans and support Korean American leadership everywhere.
Since 2016, Jessica has led a number of partnerships with major think tanks, foundations, and community-based organizations as CKA’s first Director of Policy and Advocacy, as well as forged new public-private partnerships with companies such as Google, McKinsey & Company and Comcast. Jessica is a regular commentator in the media, with TV appearances in BBC World News, China Global Television Network, and Sky News UK.
Prior to joining CKA, Jessica was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, HI, where she published articles on security and economic relations in East Asia. She was previously a senior manager at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm, as well as its first chief philanthropy officer. Prior to The Asia Group, Jessica served as a staff member in the House of Representatives for six years, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia region for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant on foreign policy and trade issues for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee.
Jessica is a Google’s Next Gen Policy Leader, David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, Truman Security Fellow, and a former fellow of the Network of Korean American Leaders.
Jessica received a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a A.M. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.