Sieng Lee is the National Field Director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), the nation’s leading national nonpartisan organization whose mission is to engage, educate and empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to strengthen their voices and create impact.
Prior to joining APIAVote, Sieng was an influential and effective campaign manager and field director of political campaigns in Minnesota. He led the campaigns of nine BIPOC electeds, six of AAPI descent, into their first terms of state or local office. Sieng continues to be a highly sought after organizer and tactician because of his reputation as an effective strategist motivated by a belief that civic participation can empower generations of communities by creating a government that truly represents its people. Sieng’s career is highlighted by orchestrating the election of a string of, “first and youngest,” officials that include; the first and youngest Asian American state representatives in Districts 59A, 40B, and, 67B; the first and youngest African American immigrant state representative of District 59B; the first and youngest Asian American Ramsey County Commissioner; and the first black mayor of Brooklyn Park, MN.
Sieng is a Hmong American refugee who migrated to the United States in 1991 and started his career as a organizer in 2014 when the Minnesota state legislature predominantly consisted of white legislators, with only three AAPI members in its entire history, only one of whom was serving.