Lee Hanson is a vice chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco and New York offices, and a senior member of the global Financial Services and Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors practices, specializing in the private equity & venture capital, investment banking, asset management, and hedge fund industries. In addition to her executive search practice, Lee serves on the firm's Global Consultant Development Committee, was a member of the firm's inaugural Global Nominating Committee and the first partner-elected Global Partnership Council.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Lee was a director in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch where she was instrumental in establishing and building a group that had client responsibility for the telecommunications industry. Her clients also included companies in the retailing, financial services, publishing, and consumer products industries. She was involved in assignments ranging from equity and debt financings, M&A, and general financial advisory projects, including assignments with companies in Europe and Asia.
Lee began her investment banking career as an associate in the corporate finance division of Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, she served as a legal clerk to a federal district judge in New York. She was a trustee at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California from 1997 to 2006, where she served as chair of its board for two years and was co-chair of the school's capital campaign. Lee also serves on the board of directors of Analysis Group, Inc.
Lee earned a JD from Harvard Law School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University.