About Alderman Nicole Lee
Born and raised in Chicago’s Chinatown community, Alderwoman Nicole Lee is committed to leveraging her strong community ties to build a better future for all residents of the 11th Ward. A community engagement and social impact professional with more than two decades of experience in private and non-profit sector leadership, Lee made history when she was appointed alderwoman in March 2022. She is the first Asian American woman and first Chinese American to serve on the City Council, and the first Asian American to represent Chinatown.
Lee’s roots in the 11th ward run deep, raising her two sons in the house her family has lived in for four generations. She has established herself as a leader in the Chinese American and Asian American communities through her volunteerism and involvement in a number of local organizations. Lee has served on the University of Illinois Chicago Asian American Advisory Council, and held leadership positions on the boards of the Asian Giving Circle, OCA Chicago, and Chinese Mutual Aid Association. She’s been an active participant in her children’s schools, including having served and chaired the Local School Council of Haines Elementary School.
Prior to her appointment, Lee spent nearly 15 years with United Airlines, where she served as the Director for Social Impact Optimization and Global Community Engagement. In that role, she led the team accountable for building the company’s global non-profit partnerships and spearheading the strategy around humanitarian aid and disaster response. She has held a number of positions in both the private and non-profit sectors, including as a Development Officer at Premier Bank, a Business Advisor and Program Officer for the Global Social Investment team at BP, and as an independent consultant specializing in community relations, social investment, and corporate social responsibility.
Lee is a proud product of Chicago Public schools and is a graduate of Whitney Young High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.