Brian Lee, J.D.

State Director, California, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

In 2000, Brian Lee helped found the California office of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, where he now serves as State Director. Brian has led our efforts to win investments and policy changes in after-school programs, early education, juvenile justice interventions, college and career readiness, dropout prevention, and school discipline reform. He has authored and co-authored over a dozen reports on these issues, including analyses of how Local Control and Accountability Plans address both school climate and college and career readiness. He helps lead after-school and school discipline coalitions. His leadership helped ensure that suspension rates and college and career readiness are key factors in California’s new K-12 accountability system and school climate surveys are required in district Local Control and Accountability Plans. He also drafted legislation that created the nation’s first state-administered high school after-school program and played a key role in ensuring that Proposition 63/Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention funding can be used for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Brian served on the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement.

Previously, he served as general counsel to Senator Herb Kohl on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he focused on issues surrounding crime prevention, juvenile justice, and litigation reform. Prior to that, he worked as a litigation associate and at the National Center for Youth Law and People for the American Way. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.