Current US Congressional Candidate, Albert Lee is a husband, father, educator, and veteran. He is a sixth generation American and an immigrant at the same time. He was born in South Korea, where is African-American army dad met his Korean mother during the Vietnam War.
Growing up in the 70s and 80s in the States, he didn’t fit those neat little boxes. His sister and he weren’t black enough, weren’t asian enough. Folks could “figure” him out and that made them uncomfortable. As a kid, he hated being different, but as he grew up, he embraced all of those things that make him different, unique, Albert.
From humble beginnings, raised in a working class suburb of St. Louis, next door to Ferguson, he overcame difficult obstacles including domestic violence and homelessness, in addition to, the feedback of naysayers. Time after time he succeeded where he was told he would fail. He is a first generation college and law school grad. He is a veteran. Over the last two decades, he has been an academic dean, a small business owner, and worked in the public and private sectors.
As a multi-ethnic member of APANO, he is sensitive to colorism and anti-blackness and brings an understanding of these issues from direct knowledge. Civically and politically engaged, he is a volunteer and active member of several organizations and committees, including: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, APANO c4, Portland DSA, Democratic Party of Oregon, and others.
Former volunteer work included: TriMet’s Transit Equity Advisory Committee, the City of Portland’s Citizen Review Committee, the Executive Board of the Giving Tree NW, Health Care for All Oregon, and others. Albert is happy to be a part of the greater community and hopes to strengthen it in any capacity that he can.