Councilmember Conrad Lee
Council Member 1994 - Present
Mayor 2012 - 2014
Deputy Mayor 2010 - 2011
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Conrad Lee is the Bellevue's first minority City Council member, the longest continuous serving member of the council and the first mayor (2012 - 2013) of Asian (Chinese) ancestry. He is council liaison to the Bellevue Economic Partnership, and economic development is a priority for him.
The veteran council member has served for many years as Bellevue's representative on the National League of Cities, and is past president of the NLC Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials. He has also been a member of the Economic Development District Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Conrad is the council’s liaison to the Bellevue Transportation Commission. As co-chair of the ACCESS Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee, Conrad was involved with critical freeway and arterial projects. In addition, he served on the I-405 Executive Committee and King County Regional Transit Committee.
He was the former president and chair of the Society of Chinese Engineers of Seattle, as well as the Chinese American Association for Professionals. He chaired the Ethnic Chinese New Year Festival and was president of the Chinese Garden Society.
Conrad holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. Conrad is retired, after working as the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and an engineer for the Boeing Co. and Seattle Solid Waste Utility.
Born in China, Conrad grew up in Hong Kong and has lived in Bellevue since 1967. He and his wife Winnie live in the Somerset neighborhood, where they raised their two children, Christopher and Jennifer. They have three granddaughters.