Christine Wei-li Lee
Christine Wei-li Lee is UCLA Samueli School of Engineering’s Executive Director of Communications, overseeing the school’s external and internal communications strategies. Trained as a journalist, Lee has been a senior global communications strategist for more than 25 years, leading advertising and public relations teams at major agencies, and in-house communications teams at topnotch corporations. POLITICO has called Lee a “veteran communications guru.”
Before joining UCLA Samueli, Lee served as head of West Coast PR for the international law firm Covington & Burling, where she spearheaded creative and effective media-relations programs. Before joining Covington & Burling, Lee was founding partner and Managing Director of The Garry South Group, a California-based public affairs/public relations and communications firm, where she guided C-suite clients in all aspects of communications strategy.
Prior to her role as an independent communications consultant, Lee was Director of Marketing Communications for leading global executive-search firm Korn Ferry International. Based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Lee oversaw strategic communications for the firm’s 14 offices in 10 Pacific Rim countries and traveled extensively in Asia and Australasia.
Lee also has extensive experience working in political communications and government, including an appointment by California Gov. Gray Davis as a Commissioner on the California State World Trade Commission. She also served as a senior advisor to Gov. Davis in his gubernatorial campaigns. At the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Lee served as a foreign press liaison, handling international media including prime-time floor coverage of Pres. Bill Clinton’s acceptance speech.
Lee holds an M.S. in journalism with honors from Columbia University in New York City, and a B.A. in communications from UCLA, earning magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. A native of Taiwan, Lee is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.