Jan. 11, 2018: Esther Lee was appointed as the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade by Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Lee is a strategic business leader with senior management experience in Fortune 500 companies and government. Lee is currently the Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County, Va., Economic Development Authority. Lee has worked as the global chief marketing and new business officer at Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s largest strategic communications firms. As a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, she led its marketing, thought leadership, and new business strategies and advised major clients like Coca-Cola and Marriott. In 2009, former President Obama appointed Lee as the Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Before her government work, Lee was an executive with more than fifteen years of experience in technology, media, and finance. Lee has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and the co-founder of the Council of Korean Americans. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.