Boxer & Gerson is proud to announce Gary Lee’s appointment to the board of directors to the Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC). Founded in 1975, the nonprofit has been a leading advocate for the Southeast Asian American community in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for more than 45 years. Their programs support self-sufficiency, community empowerment, and cultural preservation for local residents through numerous programs – including microloans for small businesses, translation services, and food distribution in conjunction with the San Francisco Food Bank for low-income residents.
Gary’s passion for community advocacy goes back to before law school when he worked for a Southeast Asian refugee nonprofit employment agency in Seattle helping recent immigrants enter the job market. Since then, he has continued grassroots work with the Asian Law Caucus, a legal services agency in San Francisco. “I was initially attracted to [SEACC] because it’s a small nonprofit. They don’t have an attorney on the board, so I thought my legal expertise could help.” A longtime Bay Area resident, Gary looks forward to providing linkage between the SEACC and other community advocates and agencies with whom he has worked.
Helping the underserved and underrepresented is a big priority for Gary. “There’s nothing like being back in the community and working with folks on the front line to energize you and make you realize how important this kind of work is. And the impact you can have on people’s lives – it’s pretty significant and incredibly gratifying. I’m looking forward to rolling up my shirt sleeves and getting back into the community again.”
SEACC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the Southeast Asian community in Northern California and beyond. Their programs provide leadership development and help preserve culture. They are one of two authorized Small Business Administration 7(m) microloan lenders in the Bay Area that provide financial assistance and advocacy to small businesses in the Greater San Francisco area.