The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund Welcome Managing Director of Communications, Media and Tech Counsel

Contact: Charmaine Riley, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, welcomed Shin Inouye as managing director of communications and Bertram Lee Jr. as media and tech counsel.

“Shin and Bert both bring remarkable civil and human rights experience to our organization,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund. “For the past three years, Shin has been a valued member of our staff, offering his communications skills, and we are thrilled to see his dedication to the movement continue in this new role. Bert’s expertise in media and technology issues is needed now more than ever, especially as we face a multitude of issues in this rapidly changing, fast-paced, technological world. We look forward to both of their contributions to the civil and human rights coalition.”


Shin Inouye is the Managing Director of Communications. He most recently served as Director of Communications and Rapid Response at The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund. As an appointee in the Obama-Biden administration, Inouye served the last two years as Press Secretary and Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. At USCIS, Inouye advised the Director and Chief of Staff on issues relating to intergovernmental and external affairs; coordinating internally and externally with stakeholders and organizations. Prior to that, he worked for six years as the Director of Specialty Media for the White House Office of Communications, serving as a spokesman for media outlets that serve the AAPI, faith, LGBTQ, Native American, rural, veterans and college communities, among others. He previously worked for the Obama-Biden 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and was Communications Director for Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D. N.Y., and a Senior Legislative Communications Associate at the ACLU Washington legislative office. He graduated with departmental honors from the Johns Hopkins University.

Bertram Lee is Counsel for Media and Tech. In this role, he will work to advance the interests of marginalized communities in technology and media policy. Previously, Lee worked as Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, where he held a portfolio consisting of issues such as algorithmic decision-making, artificial intelligence, broadband spectrum, online content moderation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, copyright policy, and platform accountability. He met regularly with congressional staff, advocacy organizations, and industry to advocate on behalf of consumers, especially those belonging to marginalized communities, as well as helped craft policy for Public Knowledge through timely and effective blog posts and media communication. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Lee served as Policy Counsel at the U.S House Committee for Education and Labor under Chairman Robert C. Scott, covering technology, labor, and health care issues for the Committee. Bertram received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law and his B.A. from Haverford College.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit