Malcolm Lee is Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Economic Council and National Security Council of the Executive Office of the President, where he helps to coordinate international economic policy making and supports the National Economic Advisor, National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy. He works on a range of issues including the Japan, China MFN, telecommunications, the World Trade Organization, financial services, competition policy, U.S. trade laws and legislation and fast track.
Before joining the NEC and NSC in April, 1996, Mr. Lee served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs Joan E. Spero, where he worked on international economic matters involving East Asia, South Asia, APEC, NAFTA, the Uruguay Round, trade laws, sanctions, export controls, telecommunications, agriculture, worker and human rights. He also coordinated inter-agency bilateral economic dialogues that Mrs. Spero chaired with South Korea, India and Egypt. Mr. Lee assisted Mrs. Spero on business, press and congressional outreach.
Prior to his appointment to the State Department in July, 1993, Mr. Lee was an international trade lawyer in Washington, D.C. with the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld (1989-93). He has also worked in Shanghai and San Fransisco for a California-based law firm (1987-89), and served for two years as a foreign affairs aide in the U.S. Senate (1982-84).
Mr. Lee assisted in the 1998 and 1992 Democratic Presidential campaigns. He has also been active in the Asian American Community, having served on a pro bono basis as General Counsel to the Organization of Chinese Americans (1993). Mr. Lee graduated from Yale University in 1982, where he majored in Economics and Political Science. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1987. From Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
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