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Leadership

Marisa Lee

Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. Lee serves as the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit born out of President Obama's call to action to address the barriers to success that boys and young men of color (BYMOC) disproportionately face along the life path. Through her work with MBK Alliance, Lee leads a collaborative, cross-sectoral movement that unites business, philanthropy, nonprofit, and community leaders, to increase pathways of opportunity for BYMOC.

Marisa's Episode Outline:

      • What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
      • We discuss the Pink Agenda that's raised over $2 million for cancer research
      • Marisa and I discuss the MBK Alliance, what's being done in this organization and how it truly impacts young black men and boys of color
      • Explains the MBK Alliance's Opportunity Summits and it's impact recently in the city of Detroit
      • How is MBK Alliance partnering with corporations and institutions?
      • How the country's racial income gaps impact our future and economy
      • What cities are the MBK Alliance focusing in on?
      • How can we take part in the work of the MBK Alliance?
      • What's a book you've read that's inspired you most?
      • What's something small you've done this month that you're proud of?
      • Name an online resource you use everyday and can't live without?
      • Share one action our aspiring trailblazers can do this week to blaze our trail?

By 2020, there will be 123 million high scale, high wage jobs available with only 50 million capable workers

If we were to close the racial gaps in income, GDP would increase by 14% to the equivalent of $2 trillion a year

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Marisa Renee Lee's Bio

Marisa Renee Lee is a cross-sector leader dedicated to engaging the private sector to help solve public problems. Lee serves as the Managing Director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit born out of President Obama's call to action to address the barriers to success that boys and young men of color (BYMOC) disproportionately face along the life path. Through her work with MBK Alliance, Lee leads a collaborative, cross-sectoral movement that unites business, philanthropy, nonprofit, and community leaders, to increase pathways of opportunity for BYMOC.

Ms. Lee began her career at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Associate in the Commodities banking group. In 2007, while working at Brown Brothers, Ms. Lee founded The Pink Agenda, a breast cancer non-profit, in honor of her mother Lisa. Almost a decade later, The Pink Agenda is now a national organization of young professionals committed to raising money for breast cancer research and direct care service programs in partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In 2010, Lee joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an appointee in the Obama Administration. During that time, she was able to begin to combine her passion for service with her finance and small business background. At SBA, Ms. Lee focused on entrepreneurship and access to capital in underserved communities. Ms. Lee supported the Agency’s program offices on outreach, restructuring and creating new lending programs, and the formulation and implementation of policies to promote entrepreneurship. Lee also coordinated minority business engagement activities across the Obama Administration. Additionally, Ms. Lee spearheaded a series of Urban Economic Forums co-hosted by the White House and the SBA. These forums connected thousands of urban entrepreneurs to public, non-profit, and private sector business development resources.

In 2013, Lee accepted a position with the White House Domestic Policy Council as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility. Lee directed all engagement efforts for the President’s Ladders of Opportunity and Promise Zones initiatives. Lee later served as Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement at the White House where she oversaw public-private partnerships and relationships with the business community on behalf of the White House.

In 2016, Lee was recognized in the Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40. In addition, she has been a featured speaker at SXSW, and has also written a number of op-eds on race, opportunity, and economic mobility.
Marisa Renee Lee is a graduate of Harvard College.

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