Brandon Lee

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President

Subject Matter Expert

Organizational Strategy, Measurement, Project Management

Alma Maters

Oakland University


Brandon Lee is the Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He joined the organization in August of 2013 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. In his current role, Brandon oversees organizational strategy, data, information technology, grants, and board governance. Brandon also leads the Executive Office on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer. 

Under Brandon’s leadership, the Strategy and Transformation Department drives and stewards United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s strategy while building capacity for the organization to achieve its vision and execute on its goals. 

Brandon has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit field. Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree, he founded a 501(c)(3) organization focused on college access, preparation, and retention for youth in Detroit. He then transitioned to his first role with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and spent three years on the education team, including 18 months supporting the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren. 

A graduate of Oakland University, Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science. Currently, Brandon is a mentor in Leadership OU, Oakland University’s alumni and undergraduate mentoring program. In 2019, he earned Oakland University’s 10 Within 10 Award recognizing professional excellence of young alumni.  In 2022, Brandon was accepted to United Way Worldwide’s Advanced Leadership Program. In this program, Brandon joins a cohort of 17 other executive leaders from around the world.

He is a board member and vice chair for Developing K.I.D.S., a youth development organization in Detroit. He has served on the board since 2019 and has been a volunteer with the organization since 2011. 

Brandon is a Detroit Tigers season ticket holder. In his free time enjoys traveling — especially road trips, as well as golfing, reading, and spending time with friends and family.