He has deep expertise in building the organizational capabilities that make his clients resilient to potential shocks to mission accomplishment and growth. For 32 years, he has helped numerous private and public organizations transform to better achieve their missions and assisted in driving growth in not-for-profit organizations. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked as a research engineer.
In the energy space, his work has focused on compliance, cyber, incident response, risk mitigation, and advanced technology protection improvements. In financial services, he has moved clients from strategy to implementation of enterprise platforms and Centers of Excellence in delivering long-term plans for success. In the healthcare space, he led a new groundbreaking initiative to accelerate the pace of science related to cardiovascular disease and pivot the client into a more robust data-based future across all of their programs. Other engagements focused on providing superior cyber security support while consistently identifying opportunities that move the clients’ capabilities from “good” to “excellent.”
Mr. Van Lee has co-authored a number of articles on the topic of strategy implementation. These articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Business Strategy and Business Horizons. He is the co-author of the book, “Megacommunities - How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together.” He has appeared on ABC-TV’s “World News This Morning” and CNBC, and co-led the Urban Enterprise Initiative with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, which focused on driving enhanced competitiveness of small businesses in Harlem. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mr. Van Lee’s many recognitions include the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year Award, New York University’s C. Walter Nichols Award for outstanding community service, the Abyssinian Development Corporation Renaissance Award for his long-time and faithful commitment to the Harlem community and the Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award from the Apollo Theater Foundation. Consulting magazine named Mr. Van Lee as one of the top 25 consultants in the world. He has been recognized as one of New York’s Finest Philanthropists and as one of the 2009 Washington Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal.
Mr. Van Lee serves as Chairman of the board of the Washington Performing Arts and of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. He was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was formerly appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He is Vice Chair of the board of The Washington Ballet.
Mr. Van Lee holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1980, SM – Master Of Science, Course I – Civil & Environmental Engineering (MIT)
1979, SB – Bachelor Of Science, Course I – Civil & Environmental Engineering (MIT)