Penny Lee is a seasoned political communications and government relations strategist. A regular commentator on the political process, campaigns and elections, she has been quoted extensively in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Journal, Bloomberg, Rollcall, Politico and dozens of local publications. Ms. Lee appears as an analyst on MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Channel, ABC News Now, and CNN.
Ms. Lee is currently President of Venn Strategies, LLC having joined in January 2009 after serving as the top communications and political advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Prior to serving in that post, Ms. Lee was the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association, where she oversaw 38 statewide elections and helped Democratic governors regain the majority of statehouses for the first time in more than a decade. Before serving in that position, Ms. Lee was communications director for Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. She has also been a member of the senior staff of the Democratic National Committee and a private consultant to charitable and Democratic party interests. She holds a BA in journalism and political science from Baylor University. She currently serves on the Bloomberg Government Advisory Board and as Managing Director for the Coalition for Educational Success.