Jee Yon Pae joins the News Literacy Project as vice president of development


Jee Yon Pae joined the News Literacy Project today as the organization’s first full-time development professional. She came to NLP from the Urban Alliance, a Washington nonprofit that provides internships, training and mentoring to youths in under-resourced communities.

NLP President Alan C. Miller said that Pae brings “an exemplary fundraising track record, a deep commitment to serving youth and an impressive set of skills that will serve the organization well as we seek to expand our financial capacity. We look forward to working with her.”

During her 11 years at the Urban Alliance, which included nearly four years as chief development officer, she was part of a senior leadership team that oversaw growth from a program that served 100 Washington youths on a $1 million annual budget to one serving more than 1,000 young people in four regions on a $6 million annual budget. The organization expanded to Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Chicago.

Pae previously worked as a teacher at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington for two years through the Teach For America program.

“As a former classroom teacher who is passionate about young people and the daughter of parents who run a Korean newspaper business in the D.C. region, I feel that all of my life experiences to date have prepared me to join NLP’s team at this exciting moment,” she said. “I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to work hard to bring NLP’s mission to fruition.”

Pae is a graduate of Sweet Briar College, where she majored in international affairs. She also has a graduate certificate in Counseling Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education & Human Development.

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