Albert Lee

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Albert Lee

Albert Lee is a Portland, Oregon activist.


An Oregonian by choice, Albert Lee is on his second return to the state and is currently the Dean for Business and Computing at the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College. Prior to working for the college across two decades, Albert has run his own business, worked in public, private, and non-profit sectors at organizations, including: One Plum Design, the American Bar Association, General Electric, and the US Army. Born in South Korea, he is both a first-generation immigrant via his mother and a seventh or eighth generation American via his father.

A first-generation college and law school graduate with a multi-ethnic background, who has experienced homelessness, domestic violence, and a working-class upbringing, he broadly shares the perspectives and struggles that many in our community have faced, while also experiencing the joys and positive interactions with many great individuals and organizations throughout life. The totality of his life experience has led him to be civic-minded and community engaged.

Albert Lee is a volunteer and active member of several organizations and committees, devoting 10 to 20 hours of volunteer time weekly with organizations including: the c3 Board of APANO, TriMet’s Transit Equity Advisory Committee, the City of Portland’s Citizen Review Committee, the Executive Board of the Giving Tree NW, BerniePDX/Our Revolution, Health Care for All Oregon, the NAACP, Korean American Coalition of Oregon, the Democratic Party of Oregon, Portland Democratic Socialists of America, and others.[1]

What's next for Berners and DSA?


Portland Democratic Socialists of America April 23 2020.

What's next for Berners and DSA?

Join us TOMORROW to discuss how we can continue to build a working class movement.

We'll have 45 minutes of Q&A with an all-star panel including

DSA endorsement

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Portland Democratic Socialists of America August 16 2019.

We've made the endorsement, now let's get moving! Click the link below today to find out how YOU can help get Albert Lee elected!

Running for Congress/socialist

Albert Lee will challenge U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) in the 2020 Democratic primary for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from Mount Hood to the West Hills of Portland.

Lee, 44, is the dean of Portland Community College's Business and Computing division and the secretary of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon's board of directors. He's also affiliated with the city's Independent Police Review, JoAnn Hardesty's campaign and Health Care for All Oregon, among others.

Lee is running to "change the system" through "drastic action," according to his campaign website. His climate-centered policy seeks to rebuild the U.S. and its infrastructure by combating climate change with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and moving military resources and funding toward what he calls a "green industrial complex."

"I looked at what's been done by our leadership," Lee said, "and I don't really think that much has been addressed."

He also questions capitalism's place during a time of global climate catastrophe, calling to end wealth inequality and resource waste by instituting living wages and strengthening unions. His ideas parallel his dues-paying membership in the Portland Democratic Socialists of America.

Lee's father is African American and his mother is Korean. If elected, he would be Oregon's first biracial congressional representative.[2]

Paige Kreisman connection

Albert Lee 2020 June 24 2019·


Happy to support Paige Kreisman for Oregon House District 42! Paige Kreisman July 14 2019·


So excited for my friend Albert Lee 2020! — attending Campaign Kickoff with Brandy Fortson and Albert Lee at Mt. Scott Community Center - Portland Parks & Recreation.

Canning connection

Albert Lee 2020· July 13 2019·


Spent a wonderful afternoon with Doyle Canning—a challenger for Oregon’s 4th District against Peter DeFazio. She is a wonderful new insurgent candidate that is all about taking care of the climate

Organizing progressive Democrats for the 2020 elections

Organizing progressive Democrats for the 2020 elections, including Oregon for Bernie and delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Join progressive Democrats from across Oregon for the 2020 Election Kickoff Event.

Meet the candidates who will help change Congress - Shahid Buttar and Jose Caballero from California, Peter Khalil from Washington, and Doyle Canning, Albert Lee and Mark Gamba from Oregon!

GM Garcia will address Democratic Party outreach to underrepresented Oregonians and Valdez Bravo will speak to getting involved in the Democratic Party.

Attendees will learn about the complex process for being elected to represent Oregon at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Learn how to get involved with the campaigns of progressive Democrats including Bernie Sanders.[3]

Brand New Congress

In 2020 Albert Lee was a Brand New Congress endorsed candidate for US Congress in Oregon.
Albert Lee, Eva Putzova

DUH 2020 possible endorsees

Albert Lee 2020 July 5, 2019,

Universal Healthcare is a right—not a privilege. I’m proud to have the support from Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH) in the 2020 cycle.


Albert Lee vs Earl Blumenauer; Briana Urbina versus Steny Hoyer; Russ Circilione versus Frank Pallone; Jamaal Bowman versus Eliot Engel: Betsy Sweet versus Susan Collins.

APANO Communities United Fund 501c3 Board, 2019