Lee Summerell

Senior Associate

Lee has worked on the Living Cities Catalyst Family of Funds since 2021. Prior to joining Living Cities, Lee worked on the small business lending team at Self-Help Credit Union where she focused on two projects: (i) building business operations tools to aid North Carolina child care centers during the uncertainty of COVID-19; and (ii) performing a racial equity audit of the child care lending portfolio in comparison to the entire small business lending portfolio.  

While at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Lee worked with the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. She also co-led the Fellows program, spearheaded the largest social impact conference in the Southeast, and worked as an advisor for the Culinary Femme Collective, a collective of small culinary businesses in Durham dedicated to advancing female-owned food businesses and creating a more equitable and just local food economy. 

Lee began her career with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she raised over $11.5M annually from corporations, foundations, and government entities. She also worked on the Kennedy Center’s $250M capital campaign, developing the strategy as well as cultivating and soliciting corporate donations.  

Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Davidson College and an MBA with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.