Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer

Deanna Lee

Deanna Lee is the Corporation’s chief communications and digital strategies officer. She oversees web initiatives and the development of new distribution channels, in addition to programmatic dissemination, media relations, publications, design, and digital and public engagement.

Previously, Ms. Lee was the vice president for communications and marketing at The New York Public Library, where she spearheaded publicity, marketing, design, multimedia content, advocacy, and publications initiatives. She oversaw NYPL’s expansion into a leading social media presence, and in 2011 launched the groundbreaking Biblion: The Boundless Library Apple Hall of Fame iPad education app.

Lee also served as vice president of communications at Asia Society, following a 20-year career in broadcast journalism. As overseas producer for ABC News Nightline, she worked in the former Yugoslavia, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela, and AIDS in Uganda. In Asia, she reported on global environmental, health, and demographic concerns; and covered the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center. Deanna was a senior producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Charles Gibson. She is the recipient of eight News and Documentary Emmy Awards and one duPont-Columbia Award.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Deanna is first-generation Chinese American. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in Music, and English and American Literature. She serves on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Girl Be Heard, and the New York Piano Society. In May 2013, Deanna was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.