VP of Advocacy
Tennesseans For Quality Education
Lee Harrell is TQEE’s Vice President of Advocacy. He works closely with our CEO, partners, and advisors to develop legislative policy proposals, and he oversees TQEE’s legislative advocacy and government relations work.
Lee’s career has been rooted in state education and economic development policy, most recently serving as vice president of state policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where his legislative work ranged from early education to transit policy.
Prior to his work with the Chamber, Lee served as director of government relations and staff attorney for the Tennessee School Boards Association where he spearheaded lobbying efforts for numerous education policies and served on the Basic Education Program (BEP) Review Committee.
Earlier in his career, Harrell conducted research and policy analysis for former Senator Jamie Woodson when she served as Tennessee Senate Education Committee Chair and Speaker Pro Tempore; and served as a research analyst for Tennessee Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee supporting Chairman Douglas Henry and Chairman Randy McNally.
Harrell holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University.
He lives in Adams, Tennessee, with his wife and their twin 3-year old daughter and son.