Interim Executive Director
Council of Korean Americans
Member Since 2017
Jessica Lee is the Interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Jessica works with the board of directors, membership, and staff to ensure that CKA is asserting a strong, clear voice for Korean Americans while helping them to engage in American society to achieve meaningful success.
Jessica is a seasoned foreign policy professional with ten years of experience working in Washington, DC. Under Jessica’s leadership, CKA significantly expanded its presence on Capitol Hill, White House and the State Department. Since joining CKA in 2016 as its first Director of Policy and Advocacy, Jessica developed new partnerships with major think tanks, foundations, and community-based organizations throughout the country and organized two successful CKA National Summit & Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Jessica is an expert commentator in the media on Korean American issues, Congress, and foreign policy.
In 2016, Jessica successfully launched CKA’s premier scholarship and leadership training program for college students called Public Service Internship Program, which tripled in size and expanded to two cities in two years.
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 portfolio 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 received a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a A.M. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University. Jessica is a Truman Security Fellow, a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and a Google Next Gen Policy Leader. Jessica has advanced proficiency in Korean and lives in northern Virginia with her husband and daughter