Susan's Story

Susan Lee and her family immigrated to New York from Hong Kong when she was six years old. Growing up in the Lower East Side, a working class neighborhood that has been the root of powerful movements for decades – in which she and her brother were two of the only four Asian American students in their elementary school – has shaped her view of New York and her belief in the potential of collective power. Her parents, who continue to live in Loisaida today, strongly believe education is the pathway for immigrants to achieve the American Dream. Susan graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Susan's First Day in America

Susan left Hong Kong when she was six years old to come to New York. She is pictured here with her father and his family after arriving at JFK Airport.

Susan and Nomi Network

Susan has dedicated much of her professional and philanthropic career to Nomi Network and its partnered charities. Susan is pictured here with Amak Norm, Managing Director of Villageworks, a Nomi Network partner.

2018 New York City Marathon

Susan is an avid runner and has completed 15 marathons since 2014. She is pictured here with her husband Benji after finishing the NYC marathon.

This year [2018], Nomi Network will also be debuting the new Founder’s Award for Outstanding Service, which will be presented to Board Member Emeritus Susan Lee.   Lee has over 15 years of experience in advocacy as a legal assistant at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, program manager for development at Asian Americans for Equality, and advocacy fellow at Covenant House International, where she focused on the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act. Most notably, Lee has served on Nomi Network’s advisory board since its inception in 2009, where she leads semi-annual budget meetings to ensure proper use and stewardship of donor funds in addition to developing the methodology for program evaluation in Cambodia and India.

John W. Kennedy

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