September 18, 2023

Meet Franklin Lee – AF’s New DC Hub Coordinator!

By: AF Editors

Meet our new DC Hub Coordinator, Franklin Lee! Franklin is a Senior Associate for the Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties team at R Street Institute. Previously, Franklin worked as a paralegal for Lutheran Social Services of New York. Franklin has published two books: From Harvard to Homeless: Journeys of a Millennial Nomad, and an Amazon bestseller, The Art of Napping: The Sleeping Samurai and the Dormant Dragon. Franklin graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in East Asian studies and Anthropology in 2015. He received his master’s in Asian Studies from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2017.

Learn more about Franklin below!

1. Why did you decide to work with America’s Future?

I appreciate America’s Future efforts to cultivate young leaders by actively engaging them in community discussions around real problems and solutions.

2. Career advice in three words?

Observe, Learn, Act!

3. Define leadership in one sentence

Leadership is about valuing individuals and looking to engage the community rather than fully direct its course.

4. What books/magazines are you currently reading? Any podcasts?

Podcast: She Thinks
Book: Innovation for Social Change: How Wildly Successful Nonprofits Inspire and Deliver Results by Leah Kral

5. What do you wish you could go back and tell yourself at the beginning of your career? 

Network to engage with your community not to increase the number of your connections.

6. What’s your morning routine?

Brew coffee while checking emails!