Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee serves as United Methodist Women’s Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Lead. Her primary area of work is around advancing climate justice with members, church, and society, through trainings, program development, partnerships, corporate engagement, advocacy, and solidarity. Her approach to climate justice is through gender, human rights, and theological analyses.
Prior to UMW, Liz served as the Director for Young Adult Mission Service at Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, spearheading the redesign of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs into the Global Mission Fellows program while developing over 100 global and national partnerships. Liz has also worked with the World Council of Churches’ United Nations Liaison Office, focused on human rights, gender justice, migration, indigenous people’s rights, and climate displacement. Liz also worked as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs (New York) and a Williams in China Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong).
Liz has served on boards and executive teams including Global Youth Connect, Ecumenical Women at the United Nations, the World Student Christian Federation Trustees in the USA, and Nexus Korean American UMC network. Liz’s studies include coursework in comparative politics, political identity, human rights, history, theology and women studies from Williams College, Oxford University and Regent College (Canada). Liz was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in NYC before studying and working globally. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and daughter, navigating what it means to “Be Just. Be Green.”