Biography: Jason R. Lee, JD, Interim President and CEO, AFP
Jason Lee is interim president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year around the world for countless causes.
Jason previously served as general counsel for AFP. In that position, Mr. Lee strove to increase the public visibility and awareness of the association by developing political initiatives regarding fundraising and philanthropic issues. He represented the association in public policy and legislative matters before Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the U.S. and Canadian Administrations, state and provincial legislatures, and various regulatory and other pertinent agencies.
Jason was also the chairman of the Charitable Giving Coalition, a Washington, DC-based consortium of nonprofit leaders dedicated to raising awareness about the value of the charitable deduction and its impact in supporting essential community services. Lee led AFP’s successful effort to persuade the U.S. Congress to pass the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. PATH makes permanent several important tax incentives for American donors, including the IRA Rollover. In the U.S., he instituted several events to give U.S. chapters a voice in statehouses around the country. He’s also led Canadian chapters in instituting an annual Hill Day in Ottawa to increase AFP’s visibility and its position on issues among Canada’s federal and provincial elected representatives.
In addition, Jason provided legal counsel to the association and assists with the enforcement of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
Prior to joining AFP, Mr. Lee worked as a lobbyist for Alcalde & Fay where he assisted a wide range of corporate and municipal clients such as the City of Dallas, Texas, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, with interests in areas ranging from environmental policy to transportation infrastructure to community development.
Mr. Lee also has held legislative positions with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Mr. Lee advised the Senator on issues such as judicial nominees, immigration policies and Native American interests. He also served as one of the Senator's advisers for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. While assisting Congresswoman Jackson Lee, Mr. Lee served as her adviser for the House Science Committee.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Mr. Lee holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin; a Masters of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York; and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland and Virginia. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chantilly, Virginia.