Jessie Lee

Jessie is the founder and principal of Better Future Strategies, LLC that provides consulting services in adaptive strategy, financial sustainability, resilience management and knowledge development. She is passionate about helping changemakers of the world and has 20+ years of leadership experience in nonprofit, higher education, government, and financial sectors. Jessie is committed to enable organizations to transform and grow as they transform lives. She employs data-driven approaches and builds collaborative and trusted relationships with boards, executive leaders, staff, strategic partners, funders, and sector leaders.

Jessie began her career with regional banks in New York City managing commercial lending portfolios, and with Bank of New York Mellon managing commercial investment banking operations. She next managed technology operations and transformation programs at United Nations Federal Credit Union. She then joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she developed business and technology strategies to support critical business operations, and designed and implemented enterprise risk management standards and frameworks. Jessie next became Director of Risk Management at Adelphi University, acting as chief risk officer and focusing on creating long-term value by supporting the university in identifying and pursuing opportunities while managing risks, and enabling Adelphi to respond nimbly to changes that would affect the university’s strategic directions and academic innovations.

Currently, she serves multiple nonprofit and public organizations: Board of International Human Rights Art Festival, Advocacy Committee of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, Board of the Cameron Kravitt Foundation, the Advisory Board of the City Tutors, the Language Assistance Advisory Committee of New York City Civic Engagement Commission, Association of Nonprofit Specialists, and Grants Advisory Committee of New York Women’s Foundation. Jessie holds Master degree in Enterprise Risk Management from Columbia University where teaches Nonprofit Management and Enterprise Risk Management Master Programs courses.