Conrad S. Lee
Regional Administrator, Region X
U.S. Small Business Administration
Conrad Lee, a
Chinese-American businessman, engineer and community leader, was
appointed Regional Administrator in Region X on January 7, 2002.
Mr. Lee oversees the U.S. Small Business Administration's
programs and services in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska
from Regional Offices located in Seattle, Washington
Born in China, Mr.
Lee came to the United States to earn an engineering degree from
the University of Michigan in 1962. From 1962-78, except for two
years as a stockbroker, Mr. Lee worked for Boeing Co. in various
capacities, including engineer, marketing sales manager and
energy analyst. He received an MBA in finance and international
business from the University of Washington in 1980.
From 1979-96 Mr.
Lee was project manager for the City of Seattle Solid Waste
Utility. He helped develop a solid-waste plan that is a model for
other U.S. cities. His experience working with local government
prompted him to run for the Bellevue (Wash.) City Council, where
he is beginning a third four-year term.
Since 1979 Mr. Lee
has been the owner and managing partner of a property-management
business. During the 1980s he helped small businesses with
A resident of
Bellevue, Washington, Mr. Lee is also a leader in numerous
community service organizations and activities and has received
national appointments and elections to the Board of the National
League of Cities and President of Asian Pacific-American
Mr. Lee has been
married for 36 years to Winnie. They have two children, son
Chris, working in California, and daughter Jennifer, working
toward a Ph.D. degree in Sociology at the University of
Washington. His immediate family includes 88-year-old Mother, who
single-handedly raised him and his sister after being widowed
when Mr. Lee was eight years old.
From the SBA's
regional headquarters in Seattle, Mr. Lee oversees district
offices in Seattle and Spokane, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; Portland,
Ore.; and Anchorage, Alaska. During fiscal year 2001, Region X
helped 2,014 small businesses obtain $556.2 million in loan