Sharon Lee took office as the the 20th President of the Borough of Queens on January 1, 2020, becoming the first Asian American to hold boroughwide office in the City of New York.
Lee previously served the Borough of Queens under former Borough President Melinda Katz in a number of capacities, first as Communications Director from November 2014 to November 2018 and then as Deputy Borough President through December 2019.
Lee was an integral part of the teams driving the Katz Administration’s top priorities and initiatives, including the restoration of the New York State Pavilion, Jamaica NOW Action Plan, Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Queens, the Western Queens Tech Zone Strategic Plan, and the redevelopments of Willets Point, LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy Airport. Lee directed five and authored four of Borough President Katz’s State of the Borough addresses, in addition to directing her series of Know Your Rights Weeks and helping inform her public positions on issues ranging from immigration, hate crimes, education, governance, public works and more.
Lee previously served as senior adviser and press secretary to New York City Comptroller John Liu. In the New York City Comptroller’s Office, she was an integral member of the team that identified and exposed the fraud and mismanagement of the infamous CityTime case, which ultimately led to the recoupment of an historic $500 million for the City of New York. Lee also helped develop and execute strategies for major initiatives, like the Pension Investment Reform Proposal of 2012, the $1 billion Capital Acceleration Plan, Retirement Security Initiative NYC and award-winning transparency initiatives such as Checkbook NYC and M/WBE Report Card NYC.
Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (formerly known as the Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies).