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Advocacy News Release

Yvonne Lee Appointed Region IX Advocate

Release Date: 
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Contact: 
Patrick Morris (202) 205-6941

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yvonne Lee is the new Regional Advocate for the Office of Advocacy’s Region IX, covering the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the territory of Guam. She will be the Office of Advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations.

“Yvonne Lee has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of those whose voices might not always have been heard by those in authority. Her experience with business and community leaders on economic and community empowerment strategies and initiatives will serve her well as the new Regional Advocate,” said Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant.

“I have always tried to bring individuals and communities together to work in pursuit of a common goal,” said Lee. “As the Regional Advocate, I will continue this approach on behalf of the small business communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the territory of Guam. It is an honor to serve such an important and diverse community.”

Lee has a proven 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.

For more information contact Michael Landweber, Senior Advisor and Director of Regional Affairs directly at (202) 205-6945, or visit the Office of Advocacy website at www.sba.gov/advocacy.

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 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. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.

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