sujin lee is a project director and certified coach with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. As a coach, consultant, and trainer, she is passionate about the power of coaching, and developing the leadership of people from impacted communities. In her work, she centers racial justice within an intersectional analysis of gender, sexuality, class, power, and privilege, all in service of greater impact and building adaptive, relevant organizations and movements. sujin is project lead for the Next Generation Leaders of Color San Bernadino program: a transformative cohort leadership development program designed specifically for leaders of color. Additionally, she serves as core faculty for the Organizational Development Coaching Team of the Move to End Violence (MEV) program, a 10-year program to end violence against women and girls funded by the NoVo Foundation. sujin was also the project lead for the Akonadi Foundation’s Arc Toward Justice Leadership Cohort Program (2014-2015).
sujin has experience working with service, organizing, and policy advocacy organizations in various fields, including education, environmental justice, economic justice, domestic violence, gender justice, immigrant rights, reproductive health and justice, LGBTQ organizing, youth organizing, and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, sujin has worked for social justice and healthy communities as an organizer, facilitator, and program director in Los Angeles, Oakland, and internationally.
As a former Community Fellow at Tides Foundation, she coordinated economic and reproductive justice funding initiatives. She is an extended board member of the Center for Story-Based Strategy (CSS) and a former board member of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). She lives in Oakland, California, with her partner, toddler son, and three cats.
Bachelor of Arts: American Studies with a focus on Social Movements
Coaching Certification, CPCC
The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
- Akonadi Foundation’s Arc Toward Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program Leadership Development Program: sujin co-led this program with Damon Azali-Rojas. 20 participants developed their leadership through building resilient, strengths-based relationships, coaching, developing shared movement history and strategy, and building a strong racial justice analysis.
- Organizational Development Coaching: as an OD Coach for Move to End Violence, sujin helped three MEV organizations identify OD goals and successfully complete their OD plans.
- Executive Coaching: sujin coached the executive director of a large national organization, helping them to clarify their leadership stance, work from their strengths, and shepherd the organization to exponential sustainable growth, greater victories, and a healthy organizational culture.
- McKenzie River Gathering Foundation: sujin worked with MRG to identify their strengths and build their five-year strategic plan. Based on feedback that MRG could have greater impact through increased fundraising and grants allocation, MRG has set their sights on bigger goals and greater leadership within social justice philanthropy in Oregon. Building on their commitment to racial justice, they are developing a multi-generational toolkit as part of their strategic plan.