Myung J. Lee


Myung J. Lee is executive director of Cities of Service, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 225 cities in the United States and the United Kingdom that works with city leaders to tap the knowledge, creativity and service of citizens to solve public problems.

Lee previously served as a deputy commissioner of New York City Administration for Children's Services, and has extensive nonprofit management experience leading operations and strategy for organizations focused on homeless assistance, domestic violence and early childhood development programs in New York City region. She also was a program officer and later associate general counsel at the Corporation for National Service, where she managed multimillion-dollar grant programs and helped to launch AmeriCorps.

Lee holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

By tapping their residents' knowledge and creativity in sustained ways, cities can achieve more with less.
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