SHARON LEE is the founding executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, a non-profit housing organization based in Seattle. Incorporated in 1991, LIHI develops and operates housing for low-income and homeless people, and also provides supportive service programs to assist tenants in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency.
LIHI has developed more than 4,500 units of affordable housing in Washington state, including transitional, permanent, and housing first. LIHI operates three Urban Rest Stops to meet the hygiene needs of homeless people.
Lee is a national leader on solutions to homelessness, including tiny house villages that help move people from sleeping on sidewalks and tents, into tiny houses that provide security, stability and resources to move out of homelessness. LIHI operates 10 tiny house villages with capacity to house 1,000 people annually.
Lee is a frequent guest lecturer, speaker and panelist on housing justice, housing preservation, and ending homelessness. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. and a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.