I am running in the time of COVID-19 because it’s about time. I’ve served my community as a senior public health official, a non-profit executive, an activist and a youth violence prevention expert. I am especially concerned about deadly gun violence in our community as summer approaches. We need an action plan”
Founder of “Masking the Community” and dedicated community servant, Leonard Lee is running for Boston’s District 4 City Council Seat in Dorchester. This is Lee’s first experience running for public office.
Last year, Lee founded “Masking the Community,” an ongoing effort to provide free masks to under-served communities which have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 2020, he had raised just under $50,000 and, to date, has given out over 180,000 masks. As a result of these efforts, Lee has become known as the “Mask Man”
Throughout his 30 year career, Lee has been passionate about serving his community in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He worked as Director of the Division of Violence & Injury Prevention for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There, Lee managed on a variety of community health issues including Suicide Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention, Sexual Assault, partner violence, Safe Spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual and/or allied (LGBTQIA+), Older Adult Falls Prevention, Sports and Recreation Injury Prevention.
Lee also served as former Deputy Commissioner of Public Health for the state of Connecticut, Executive Director of the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center, Odwin Learning Center, and Executive Director of the Roxbury YMCA. He currently serves as Manager of the Melnea Cass Recreation Complex and Curator for the Roxbury Heritage State Park. He is also Commissioner on the City of Boston Parks Commission, the City of Boston Human Rights Commission and many other community boards. He has received a number of national, city and state community awards and citations. Lee is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and studied business management at Boston University.
He has an entrepreneurial spirit and has produced some of the biggest concerts and events in and around Boston including the Ebony Winter Gala and Beantown Jazz Festival. For fun and to support the environment, Lee keeps several beehives and has taught beekeeping at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan. A ski instructor, Lee is an active member of the African American National Brotherhood of Skiers. He is also an ex- musician and an avid foodie.
A native Bostonian who grew up in the Franklin Field housing development in Dorchester, Lee is also a former foster parent and has raised three children of his own.