Anka Lee

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Anka Lee
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator

Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator Anka Lee oversees the Office of Development Cooperation (ODC) in the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning. Serving concurrently as the Senior Advisor on the People’s Republic of China (PRC), he also leads and coordinates global strategy and efforts relating to the PRC across the United States Agency for International Development..

From 2017-2020, Mr. Lee served as Director of International Relations at the California State Assembly, leading the legislature’s engagement with foreign leaders, and advising Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on international issues relevant to California. He also created new bilateral initiatives with the governments of Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Germany to empower state elected officials to address shared policy challenges with foreign counterparts. Before returning home to California, he was Senior Director for China at Albright Stonebridge Group, a Washington, DC-based global strategy firm, where he advised the firm’s co-chairs – former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger, and former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez – on developments in China and East Asia. He also worked closely with C-suite executive clients to navigate political and regulatory landscapes and build relationships in overseas markets.

His work in international affairs also included stints as an intelligence analyst studying the security dynamics in the Asia Pacific for the U.S. military; as a Congressional staffer advising members on human rights and rule of law issues in China; and, as a journalist covering democratic movements and politics in Asia. Before working in foreign affairs, Mr. Lee was a political reporter in California and served as a legislative aide at the California Legislature.

His written and on-air commentaries have appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, Just Security, Foreign Policy, NBC News, POLITICO, Time, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is a Fellow and former Co-Lead of the Asia Expert Group at the Truman National Security Project. Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University, and is a native speaker of Cantonese.

Last updated: April 19, 2022

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