Biography

Photo by Victor Ng
Photo by Victor Ng, May 2017

Maria Cruz Lee is an advocate for immigrant leaders and civic tech. 

Starting her career in online advertising, Maria has worked in digital, city government and national campaigns for the past 10 years. From 2010 – 2014 she served as Special Assistant to Commissioner Fatima Shama at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs during the Bloomberg Administration. After, she joined the leadership team of Define American, a national nonprofit focused on immigrant narratives, founded by Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas. During the 2016 general election, Maria served the Hillary Clinton campaign as part of the digital coalitions team at headquarters in Brooklyn. She is currently the Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media at the City University of New York.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media from CUNY Hunter College.