Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES, serves as the Urban Peace Manager at Advancement Project California. She oversees the Urban Peace program’s technical assistance efforts and works with communities to advance a comprehensive public approach to address violence. She has over 15 years of experience as a public health advocate having successfully worked on a variety of public health, equity, and community health issues including the intersection between violence and chronic disease, healthy eating and active living, HIV prevention, and tobacco control. In 2013, she participated in the Next Generation Leaders of Color, a year-long program that integrates transformational leadership with management skills through a multicultural framework.
Prior to Advancement Project, Virginia worked as a program manager at Prevention Institute and was instrumental in facilitating the work of the Convergence Partnership, a national collaborative of funders advancing policy and environmental change through multi-field partnerships. In 2005, she completed a three-year training and service fellowship with the Public Health Prevention Service, where she honed her skills in program management, planning, and implementation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health-Seattle & King County. At CDC, she was honored with the Public Health Prevention Service Distinguished Service and Achievement Award. Virginia also has experience working with immigrant families and youth as a project director for Asian Youth Center, a community-based nonprofit in Los Angeles County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University.