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Yeonjae Lee

Yeonjae Lee

Yeonjae Lee is a consultant on the Engaged Students team. They conduct research and policy analysis to inform decisionmaking that ensures equitable outcomes for students. Their clients include foundations, nonprofits and school districts.

Yeonjae’s own educational experiences as a 1.5 generation Korean-American immigrant as well as having taught in multiple schools across the country serve to motivate their desire to break down systemic racism and barriers to high quality education for all students. At Education First, they combine these educational experiences with their prior consulting experiences in the field of public health to champion social justice in education.

Yeonjae holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They currently reside in Brooklyn, New York and enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and giving treats to their adorable dog.


Yeonjae’s expertise

Academic and Non-Academic Supports for Students

Research, Program Analysis & Program Strategy

Education & Stakeholder Engagement

Grantmaking Strategy & Effectiveness

Policy Analysis & Development

Yeonjae likes

Wandering around the city

Relaxing at the beach