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Biography

As one of two founders of Intercambio, Lee researched the need for the organization and developed partnerships with related agencies. He designed and led the program's initial trainings, helped create our teachers' manual, and facilitated volunteer orientations. His prior experience includes developing a volunteer program at a psychiatric treatment center and supervising an after-school program. His other volunteer work included mentoring developmentally challenged individuals and facilitating writing workshops for prison inmates. He presently serves on the steering committee for Dialogues on Immigrant Integration and the Board of the United Way Foothills Foundation.

Lee has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and studied Spanish in Costa Rica, where he volunteered at a home for the elderly. In 2004, he won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the University of Michigan’s School of Business. In 2005 he was awarded the Community Action Program (CAP) multicultural award and also recognized by the Boulder Daily Camera with a Pacesetter award in the category of Education. In 2001, the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County awarded Intercambio a Nova Award in the Education category, and in 2007 Intercambio received the Champions of Diversity award from the YWCA, the Innovation IQ award from the Boulder County Business Report, and the Nonprofit Business Citizen of the Year award from Microbusiness Development Inc. In 2009 Intercambio received the Mile High Red Cross Leadership in Inclusiveness Hero award.

In February 2009 Lee completed a 48-page bilingual guide titled "What Every Immigrant Needs to Know", which contains 170 practical pieces of information about living and succeeding in the U.S. The guide, which is simple, comprehensive, brief and affordable, is presently being distributed throughout the country. Visit www.intercambioweb.org to see a sample.

Lee has also been leading super fun multicultural dance aerobics classes with Shawn Camden, Intercambio's other co-founder, since April 2008.

Interests

Dancing, racquetball, playing drums, reading, writing, soccer, painting, camping, traveling, basketball, ping pong, learning languages, watching cheesy 80's videos, commuting via cruiser bike, and hanging with family and friends.