Panthea Lee

Executive DIrector, Reboot

Panthea Lee is a strategist, organizer, designer, and facilitator working for structural justice and collective liberation, and the current Executive Director of Reboot. She is passionate about building transformative coalitions between communities, activists, movements, and institutions to tackle inequity—and working with artists to realize courageous social change. Panthea is a pioneer in designing and guiding multi-stakeholder processes to address complex social challenges, with experience doing so in 30+ countries with partners including UNDP, MacArthur Foundation, Luminate, CIVICUS, Wikimedia, Women’s Refugee Commission, the City of New York, as well as civil society groups and governments from the local to the federal levels. The global co-creation efforts she’s led have launched new efforts to protect human rights defenders, tackle public sector corruption, strengthen participatory democracy, advance equity in knowledge production and access, reform international agencies, and drive media innovation. Panthea began her career as a journalist, ethnographer, and cultural producer. Her work and analysis have been featured in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, New York Times, MIT Innovation, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has lectured at universities including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and School of Visual Arts. Panthea is an advisor to the World Economic Forum Partnering with Civil Society Initiative, the OECD Network on Innovative Citizen Participation, and Greenpeace. She serves on the boards of The Laundromat Project, RSA (Royal Society of Arts) US, Development Gateway, and People Powered: The Global Hub for Participatory Democracy.

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