Yvonne Lee – Region IX Advocate
Yvonne Lee is the Office of Advocacy’s regional advocate for federal region IX. Region IX consists of the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, and the territory of Guam. Lee is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Lee was appointed to her post in January 2011.
Lee has a 20-year record in public engagement and governmental affairs. A public affairs consultant in San Francisco since 1994, she has organized and led strategic planning campaigns in public policy and programming. Appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President Clinton in November 1995, Lee served as a commissioner until December 2001. The commission is an independent agency which monitors federal agencies’ enforcement of civil rights laws and conducts hearings to investigate civil rights concerns. Lee has a bachelor of science degree in health education from the University of California at Davis.
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed chief counsel for advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the chief counsel’s efforts. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.