Dr. David Lee
Laney College, Director, APASS/AANAPISI Program
David E. Lee, Ed.D. is the Director of the APASS/AANAPISI Program at Laney College. He leads a diverse team of professionals including faculty, counselors and staff that run Laney College’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program which improves the transition, progression, transfer and graduation rates of historically underrepresented and under-prepared ESOL and AAPI students. Dr. Lee earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.
Dr. Lee has taught in the political science department at San Francisco State University for over a decade where he focused on transportation policy, urban planning, affordable housing and grassroots mobilization. His research has focused on Asian American civic engagement.
Dr. Lee is working to create more career pathways and opportunities for immigrant and low-income students to enter the high tech industry.
His public service work includes serving as Executive Director of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee and as a San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commissioner.
Dr. Lee is a 2018 Executive Leadership Academy Fellow at U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and a 2019 Association of California Community Colleges Admin 201 graduate. He received the San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award, the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation Fellowship and the David Jenkins Award for Community Service.