Jessie C. Lee is the Managing Director of Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC), an affiliate of Asian American
for Equality (AAFE). REDC is a 20 year old CDFI that is also an SBA Microlender and SBA Community Advantage lender. She
oversees REDC’s lending operations, technical assistance programs, community relations, and capacity building. She provides the organization with strategic guidance for expansion and works to increase long term community impact. Additionally, Jessie cultivates partnerships with both public and private institutions. Her expertise is in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and economic development in the last 20 years.
Prior to REDC, Jessie was the Director of Small Business Lending East for VEDC. She helped to launch a $20 million loan fund called Tri-State Business Opportunity Fund and oversaw VEDC’s Chicago and Miami loan funds as well. Ms. Lee also worked at Next Street Financial as a Managing Associate providing guidance to the Lower Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Center team on lending criteria and financing structures. Before Next Street Financial, Ms. Lee workedat CAMBA as the Director of Small Business Services. She was responsible for managing all of CAMBA’s funding contracts and lending activity. After receiving her MBA in finance from Boston University in 2008, she was a Senior Analyst at Ernst & Young’s Tax Credit Investment Group. While at E&Y, she successfully managed due diligence projects for Fortune 500 companies invested in affordable housing projects. Before graduate school, she worked for
various public and private lenders as a Commercial Loan Underwriter.