Alexander Lee lives and teaches American history and English in Beijing, China. Previously, he spent two and half years as the Director of the Culture Club (adult division) of Perfect English Training School in Changchun, Jilin, PRC. He grew up in Brookline, MA, and Wolfeboro, NH.
He did his undergraduate work at Middlebury College, studying at the Center for Northern Studies and participating in Green Corps’ Environmental Organizing Semester at the University of Montana-Missoula. He is also a graduate and dedicated alumnus of the nation’s most prestigious boarding school, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and The Fessenden School of West Newton, MA. After getting his BA and completing an honors thesis in environmental studies at Middlebury, he worked for a year teaching and writing curriculum at Shelburne Farms, a premier experiential, outdoor-education center on Lake Champlain.
While attending Vermont Law School, he worked for the Vermont Secretary of State on political redistricting and nonprofit business forms. He also worked on reviewing the special appropriations to Governor Howard Dean’s budget for the Joint Fiscal Council. He is an inactive member of the bar in Massachusetts.
After graduating from Vermont Law School in May of 2001 with a Masters in Environmental Law and a law degree, he was Assistant to the Commissioners at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he worked on energy efficiency programs. During this time, Mr. Lee also served as staff co-chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources & the Environment and was an active, regular participant in the New England Demand Response Initiative (NEDRI).
He left this position to assume responsibilities as the first field office director of Dean for America during the 2004 Presidential primary season in Concord, New Hampshire. Subsequently, he was chairman of the city and county party committees and twice ran (unsuccessfully) for public office.
His writing has been published in such places as The Catholic Worker and the Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal. He has twice been quoted on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal and nine times in the New York Times, as well as made appearances on the CBS Sunday Morning Show and The Colbert Report. His environmental efforts have also gleaned attention in Time, People, and Reader’s Digest.
For several years, Mr. Lee led a group of teenagers on four week canoe trips in Northern Quebec on the now-dammed Rupert River. He loves to read, cook and cross-country ski in his free time, in addition to studying 茶道.