Biography

Photo by Victor Ng
Photo by Victor Ng, May 2017

Maria Cruz Lee is an advocate for immigrant leaders and civic tech. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in the private sector and has built a career at the intersection of digital, city government and national campaigns.

During the last four years of the Bloomberg Administration, she served as Special Assistant to Commissioner Fatima Shama at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She then 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 Hillary for America as part of digital coalitions at headquarters in Brooklyn. In the aftermath of the election, Maria shifted focus back to local politics, joining First Lady Chirlane McCray’s team and completing training with New American Leaders.

Currently, Maria is the Digital Marketing Director for the City University of New York. Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media from CUNY Hunter College and will graduate from the Marxe School of Public Affairs at Baruch College with an Executive MPA in 2020.