Yong Lee’s decades-long career in management has spanned both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She served as the chief of staff to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the world’s largest museum and research complex. She has previously served as the chief of staff to the President of Morehouse College, a historically black college for men in Atlanta, Georgia. In both roles, she worked with various constituent groups to increase the support for the institutions through relationship-building, corporate relationships, and government appropriations, as well as helping to create and implement internal oversight systems.
Yong is currently the director of a family office for a prominent Washington, D.C., family. In that role, she is the family’s representative in areas of asset management, tax and estate planning, capital projects, and philanthropy.
Yong has hiked portions of the A.T. in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine. She aspires to attempt the Four State Challenge — hiking the A.T. from Virginia through West Virginia and Maryland to the Pennsylvania line in a single day — and to one day thru-hike the entire Trail. She is an avid backpacker, mountaineer, and rock climber and has traveled through North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. She is deeply committed to land conservation, resource conservation, and the protection of public lands. Yong holds a bachelor’s from the University of Chicago.