Yonelle Moore Lee was born in Guyana, South America, and is the first generation in her family educated in the United States. By the time she was 7 years old, Yonelle had lived in three countries. Her passion for travel has continued and to date, she has visited over forty countries.
She is an attorney, mediator, advocate and investor turned serial entrepreneur. Yonelle recently returned to working for the federal government as a Government Information Specialist after having her own law and mediation firm for several years. She is also a part owner of an investment club and a real estate investment company. Yonelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of D.C., and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Recently, she was appointed to both the Charles County Commission for Women (where she serves as Treasurer), and the Charles County Board of Education’s Ethics Panel. Yonelle is the Legal Redress Chair of the Charles County Branch of the NAACP. She also serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s GP, Solo and Small Firm Division’s Women’s Initiative Network and Ethics Committees. She is an active member of the National Bar Association, where she serves as Region IV Treasurer.
Yonelle is a member of the Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2022. She is also the current Recording Secretary of Southern Maryland (MD) Chain Chapter of The Links, Inc., and is a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Yonelle is a Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women and a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she also serves on the Eastern Regional Leadership Team.
She is a graduate of Leadership Cobb in Atlanta, Georgia, and was featured in “Who’s Who: Black Atlanta”. Yonelle was named Cobb County Democratic Women’s “Volunteer of the Year” and received the “Phenomenal Woman Award” from Kennesaw State University.
Yonelle’s is happily married to her hero Jonathan, Sr., a former Marine and Purple Heart recipient who is currently pursuing his PhD at Virginia Tech. They have three children – Gabrielle, Jonathan Junior, and Jackson. The Lees have been licensed foster/adoptive parents for over 5 years. The Lee family believes in scholarship, philanthropy and service. They are members of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.