Susan Lee

MPA - 2005

Candidate for New York City Council
Susan Lee

How would you describe your experience as an NYU Wagner student?

I have had the great fortune of meeting some of my best friends at Wagner. Like minds tend to gravitate towards each other and I am so blessed to have met some wonderful folks who want to serve their communities.

Have you found any advantages to being a part of the NYU Wagner alumni network?

Yes, I often engage in discussions regarding policy initiatives with my peers from Wagner who are trained in public policy and nonprofit management.

Can you tell us a bit about your job responsibilities?

Currently, I am a candidate running for City Council District 1 in Lower Manhattan. I am working on policy research, preparing candidate surveys, conducting community outreach, speaking with members of the community to learn about their concerns and issues. My candidacy focuses on transparency and aims to work with my neighbors to make certain the interests of District 1 are represented.

What opportunities did your NYU Wagner education prepare you for?

Prior to running for public office, I was a Program Manager for Development at a well-respected community-based organization. My background in finance helped me analyze financial documents while I crafted successful grant applications for Asian Americans for Equality, Community Development Fund, resulting in multi-year grants from various levels of government. Upon leaving AAFE CDF, I worked as a freelance grant writer for various non-profit organizations and successful helped them secure both private and public funding. Lastly, I was the founding board member of Nomi Network and served on the Board of Trustees of MercyFirst.