Biography

Assemblymember  Grace Lee

Grace Lee is a community organizer, small-business owner, mom to three children and first-generation American. She has a proven track record of successfully mobilizing and organizing around local issues, from co-founding Children First, a parent-led coalition demanding the safe cleanup of a mercury brownfield in the seaport, to empowering deaf tenants living in deplorable conditions on the Lower East Side to stand up to their building’s management and demand repairs. Grace has also been a prominent voice against anti-Asian hate in New York City. She is the first Korean American woman elected to New York State government.

Alongside her work in community organizing, Grace is the co-founder of Nine Naturals, a toxin-free beauty line for pregnant and new moms. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Grace is a long-time Lower Manhattan resident where she lives with her husband and three young daughters.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Assemblymember Grace Lee Meet to Discuss Needs of Asian Americans in New York

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New York, NY – On July 31, 2023, Assemblymember Grace Lee, Co-Chair of the New York State Assembly Asian Pacific Islander (APA) Task Force, joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at Mee Sum Cafe, a historic local business in Chinatown. There, they...

Assemblymember Grace Lee Leads Historic Legislative Session for New York’s Asian American Communities

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Albany, NY – On Wednesday, June 21st, 2023, Assemblymember Grace Lee completed her first legislative session in the New York State Assembly, marking the end of a historic six months that saw a number of important bills passed to support New York’s...

Assemblymember Grace Lee Ends a Successful First Legislative Session After Delivering Key Support and Resources for Lower Manhattan

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Albany, NY – On Wednesday, June 21st, 2023, Assemblymember Grace Lee completed her first legislative session in the New York State Assembly, marking the end of a successful six months that saw the passage of a number of bills to tackle issues important...

Assemblymember Grace Lee Makes History by Passing First in the Nation Bill to Make Lunar New Year a Statewide Holiday in New York

Albany, NY– Today, Assemblymember Grace Lee, Co-Chair of the New York State Assembly Asian Pacific Islander (APA) Task Force, passed bill A07768 - historic legislation to make Lunar New Year a statewide public school holiday in New York. This bill is...

Asian American Business and Philanthropic Leaders Join Assemblymember Grace Lee in Pushing for New York to Pass Lunar New Year Legislation

New York, NY – On Wednesday, June 7th, business and philanthropic leaders in the Asian American community published a letter voicing their support for legislation to make Lunar New Year a statewide holiday in New York State. The signatories include...

ADL, Assemblymember Grace Lee, and Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal Demand Social Media Companies Stop Hiding Hate

New York – Today, ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), Assembly Member Grace Lee (D - Manhattan), and State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal (D, WFP - Manhattan) called for passage of the “Stop Hiding Hate Act” (S895/A06789), which will require large social...
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