Joanna Lee is the Senior Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project at Advancing Justice-LA. Lee’s work includes publishing reports that provide disaggregated racial and ethnic data on Asian Americans and NHPI. In 2011 and 2012, she was part of the Advancing Justice-LA team that provided data, maps, and testimony to the California and Los Angeles City Redistricting Commissions to ensure fair representation for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities across the state.
Prior to Advancing Justice-LA, Lee was the Research Director at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), authoring several reports on innovative employment policy models for low-income communities of color. She has provided research for UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, and Lewis Center and co-authored a study for Little Tokyo Service Center and Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, examining gentrification and equitable development in Los Angeles’ Asian American ethnic enclaves.
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.