Alysia Lee is the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education. Alysia has received national recognition for her work in furthering equity and access in arts education. Lee has designed and implemented K-12 arts education and professional development programs throughout east coast. She also has experience in strategic project management, engaging communities with participation barriers, donor cultivation, and building strong community partnerships. As an educator, artist and arts advocate-Alysia has a broad perspective of the arts education ecosystem. As an elementary school music teacher, Alysia led successful arts-based family engagement initiatives. While serving as executive director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, Lee provided strategic oversight of the program growth from the 20-participant pilot to 400+ membership. Recent speaking/teaching engagements include Chorus America, Americans for the arts, TEDX, and Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms. A Baltimore native, Lee is an alumna of Maryland schools, including George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology. She received a bachelor degree from University of North Carolina School for the Arts and a graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory. In 2011, Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Felloship at New England Conservatory in partnership with TED. Alysia has also completed Executive Education programs at Harvard University and La Salle University. A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Lee is a versatile performer of who is equally at home on the operatic ande concert stage. She holds performance credits ranging from Handel to Schoeberg. Recent recognitions include The Knight Foundation, National Association of University Women and Geraldine R.Dodge Foundation.