Lee Bouchard became Urban Habitat Chicago’s Board President in October 2011, previously having served as Executive Director from 2010, and Director of Communications since 2008.
She is also an advisory board member and volunteer for Cooking Matters, a child hunger and nutrition program, and taught high school theater production in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, through a residency with American Mosaic in 2009. Lee is a strong advocate for developing environmentally, socially, and economically healthy neighborhoods. She is also a strong cycling and fitness advocate, and taught Nia dance-fitness to seniors and youth. She is also engaged in food access advocacy in Chicago.
Before moving to Chicago in July 2008, Lee worked as an architect in France, China, and Canada, where she founded Architecture for Humanity Toronto in 2003. She designed multi-family residential developments in all three countries, in addition to museum exhibits, theater sets, and other building types. She has also worked in North and West Africa, and elsewhere in Europe and Asia. She holds a certificate in urban planning, in addition to professional degrees in Architecture from France and the U.S. In 2009, she also studied economics and community development in the College of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois Chicago.