A fierce champion for Nevada children and families
Susie Lee is a nonprofit leader and education advocate who has dedicated her career to helping her fellow Nevadans lead better, safer, and healthier lives. She ran for Congress to continue her life’s work of bringing people together to find and implement innovative solutions to the toughest problems facing Nevada’s working families. Susie grew up the sixth of eight children in a working-class community. Susie got her first newspaper route at the age of eight, and began babysitting and lifeguarding as soon as she was old enough. With the help of Pell Grants, student loans, and scholarships, she paid her way through college; working in the cafeteria, the library, the copy room, and teaching aerobics while also competing on the swim team. Susie found mentors who gave her the affirmation and encouragement she needed to succeed as a young woman. This experience inspired her work as a nonprofit leader and education advocate, working tirelessly to ensure that Nevada’s most vulnerable children can turn to their school communities for support when they don’t have resources at home. Susie has called Southern Nevada home for over two decades, and she and her husband Dan have proudly raised their two teenage children in the diverse and vibrant Silver State.
An experienced community leader and problem solver
Susie is focused on making a tangible positive impact on the lives of Southern Nevada’s working families, and is committed to expanding educational and economic opportunity for all Americans. “I’m not afraid of rolling up my sleeves,” Susie has said. “I generally don’t take ‘no’ for an answer — I hear ‘not that way.’” Susie has led Communities in Schools of Nevada, serving as president of its board, revitalizing and expanding the nonprofit, which now serves over 60,000 children in more than 60 schools across Nevada. A fierce champion for the students who need one the most, Susie has held the organization and its successful dropout prevention program accountable to the highest standards. Recognizing that many Nevada families struggle with housing insecurity, food insecurity, and other challenges, she helped launch a site coordinator program to give the most vulnerable students a dedicated advocate ensuring their needs are met inside and outside of school. Health care is also a deeply personal issue for Susie. When she was a freshman in college, her father was laid off from his steel manufacturing job and never had another shot at economic security. Her parents couldn’t afford health insurance because of common pre-existing conditions, and when her mother had a heart attack one month before reaching Medicare eligibility the hospital bill was so large they risked losing their house. Susie understands that access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege, and she will continue to be a powerful advocate for all Southern Nevadans.
A victory in a swing district
Susie successfully fought to keep this swing seat blue when EMILY’s List Congresswoman Jacky Rosen vacated it to run for the U.S. Senate. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support Susie, a champion for Nevada working families.