Participant Info

First Name
Jessica A.
Last Name
Independent Scholar
Website URL
feminism, social justice activism, economic development
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Personal Info

About Me

Jessica A. Lee is an independent scholar. She has a PhD in history from the University of Washington and spent five years as an associate fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy program, where she and her colleagues explored how the economy can work better for everyone.

Her work has appeared in a number of regional and national outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN Global Public Square, Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, CityLab, Brookings Upfront, and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program’s blog The Avenue.

Her graduate training focused on U.S. history and included extensive work on social and cultural history; race, ethnicity, and nationalism; gender studies; and feminist political theory.

Recent Publications

Skilling the Post-COVID-19 Economy, with Bruce Katz, Mary Jean Ryan, and Courtney Kishbaugh, The New Localism, May 2020.

Americans Must Step Up and Help Our Healthcare Workers, Washington Post, March 2020.

A New Way of Working for Cities: Case Studies, Reimagining the Civic Commons and the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation, February 2019

Beyond Millennials: Valuing Older Adults’ Participation in Innovation Districts, Brookings Institution, March 2017

Innovating Regulation, Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation, 2017

Building and Advancing Digital Skills to Support Seattle’s Economic Future, with Adie Tomer, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, October 2015

International Women’s Day, STEM, and the Gender Pay Gap, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, March 2015

Closing the Gender Gap in Seattle’s Tech Industry, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, January 2015

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Government, Higher Ed, Race, Urban History, Women