Jessica Lee


Location: Washington, DC

Member Since: 2020

Jessica J. Lee is a Senior Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a bipartisan U.S. foreign policy think tank. Her research focuses on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and alliances and strategy in East Asia. Previously, Jessica led the Council of Korean Americans as its first Director of Policy and Advocacy, Interim Executive Director, and Senior Director. Before CKA, Jessica was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum in Honolulu and published articles on security and economic relations in East Asia. She was previously a senior manager at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm, and its first chief philanthropy officer. Before The Asia Group, Jessica served as a staff member in the House of Representatives for six years, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia region for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant on foreign policy and trade issues for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee. 

Jessica’s analysis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The American Conservative, the Washington Times, and The Nation. Jessica serves on the board of International Student Conferences, Inc., a U.S. nonprofit that supports cultural exchange between students from the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China. Jessica is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission’s North America Group. Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and an A.M. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University.