Helly Lee

Helly Lee

Immigrant and Refugee Policy Fellow


I use an equity lens to analyze the impact that immigration policies have on immigrant and refugee families and communities.

I do this work because

As the daughter of refugees, I know first-hand the struggles low-income families face in accessing resources and navigating complex systems of care. This is what inspires me to commit to advocating for policies that will better serve families and communities.

I am most proud of

Having engaged and introduced hundreds of community leaders to federal policy advocacy.

Work History

  • Community Relations Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Senior Fellow, Frontline Solutions
  • Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy

Education and Awards

  • M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas

When the day is done

I go home to spend quality time with my boys.