Lee Carson joined the Stoneleigh Foundation in 2023. In his role as Program Officer, he is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s Emerging Leader Fellowship program, and assists in cultivating opportunities to disseminate all the Fellows’ work to maximize their broader impact on policy and practice. Lee is also developing and coordinating programming across a broad array of the Foundation’s Fellowship programs to address the interests and needs of the Fellows and to enhance their experiences.
Previously, Lee served as the Director of the Philadelphia Area Sexual Health Initiative, a Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) program, providing innovative, person-centered, sexual and reproductive health services programming from adolescence through older adulthood. Additionally, he has taught social work courses at Temple University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lee has also worked as a psychotherapist for more than 12 years in a variety of formats, a trainer specializing in cultural humility; cultural competence with LGBT populations; vicarious trauma, burnout prevention, and self care; common mental health conditions and their treatments; effective communication in the workplace, and emotional intelligence, among other topics. His previous experience also includes serving as the former Interim Executive Director of The COLOURS Organization and serving on its board. Additionally, he has worked as a researcher on HIV prevention among men who have sex with men and various projects related to LGBT communities.
In conjunction with his paid work experiences, Lee has been involved in many grass roots and community organizing efforts, including former Mayor Michael Nutter’s advisory board on LGBT affairs, serving as a founding member of both the LGBT People of Color Coalition and Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council, acting as an expert advisor to the Centers for Disease Control for its Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign, and working as the male-identified co-chair for Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club.
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in health science, with a concentration in chemical dependency counseling. He obtained his Master of Social Work in 2004 and is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania.