Esther Lee is a board member of the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago and an educator relentlessly exploring the intersection of politics, education, and technology. Esther is currently the Development Associate and Americorps VISTA at 826CHI, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Chicago students with their creative writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. She is also the Community Manager at BirdBrain Education, a Los Angeles education startup that has developed an adaptive web learning platform; Esther oversees all teachers who use the program and advocates for BirdBrain on social networks.
Previously, Esther worked in South Korea and China for five years as a teacher and admissions consultant. When she wasn’t traversing across Asia, she created and taught educational content and trained multiple teams of teachers in public and private international schools. She graduated from Emory University with a BA in International Studies, and with significant additional course work in African Studies. In college, Esther also volunteered for Obama for America and later worked as a field manager for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Esther is glad to be back in her hometown of Chicago. On the side, she mentors first-generation college students, and enjoys being an insufferable U.S. history know-it-all and general pop culture junkie.