Anna Lee


Anna Lee is senior director of community impact at The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, Lee leads the Trust’s Addressing Critical Needs strategy, which includes change-making efforts in building pathways to stability, promoting well-being and strengthening social cohesion. Under Lee’s direction, this strategy responds to the region’s most urgent needs and also advances policy and system innovations in human services. Most recently, Lee co-managed the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago, which supported non-profit organizations on the frontlines of COVID-19 with $35M in rapid relief grants.

Prior to joining the Trust, Lee was the director of operations for Year Up Chicago, leading strategic planning efforts and overseeing day-to-day operations for the organization. Before her work at Year Up Chicago, Lee was the director of research, reporting & communications, and later the director of strategic partnerships and management, at the Chicago Housing Authority.

Lee’s public sector experience includes directing the contracting process at the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, and overseeing community development grants at the City’s Office of Budget and Management’s Empowerment Zone. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College and master’s degrees in divinity and public policy, both from the University of Chicago. Lee is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, active in Chicago’s Continuum of Care, and serves on the boards of Forefront and Disability Lead.