Get to Know: Jason Lee, Communications and Development Specialist

Photo of Jason at a protestJason Lee


Title: Communications and Development Specialist

How long in your current position? How long at the school?
I’ve been at the school for almost four years; at UW for about 10.

What are the main reasons students, faculty, or staff would contact you for assistance?
I share news about the exciting work of our faculty, staff, and students so if someone wants to highlight some research, an event, or awards, they contact me. I generally help maintain our digital presence through our websites and social media and manage our external communications for alumni and community partners. I also work closely with the UW Foundation and school leadership on fundraising. One of the most rewarding experiences of working at the school has been the chance to serve on the committee that organizes the Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference.

What’s one effective (or ineffective) strategy you’ve used to work remotely during Covid?
Coffee. It’s always about coffee. Strong, good, freshly ground, French press or pour over, black coffee. In that way, things have remained steady. Beyond that, I try to have a good desk setup; take many walks and get fresh air; and during the summer tried to work outside when I could. It’s also been important for me to recognize that not all things can (or should) get done at all times.

What’s a recent book, movie, tv show, podcast, or album (or other) you would recommend and why?
I listened to the new Fiona Apple album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, when it came out more than any album in years. Lady Wray, Ray Price, and Joan Armatrading are my most recents. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen were fantastic. It also felt like a good summer for reading Angela Davis. I just finished watching Lovecraft Country and highly recommend. Whoof. It also has a killer soundtrack. My regular podcast rotation includes 99% Invisible, Fresh Air, The Daily, Code Switch, and sometimes Democracy Now.

Hobbies/other interests:
I spend a lot of time organizing for worker and racial justice through my union; pretend to read The New Yorker and Jacobin; rage scroll Twitter; hangout with my niece and nephew; and day dream of days of travel.