Yui Hay Lee is New Port of Oakland Commissioner
Longtime business and civic leader Yui Hay Lee has joined the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners. Lee was sworn in yesterday to a seat on the seven-member Board.
Lee, President and CEO of Oakland-based YHLA Architects, was nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and appointed by the City Council. He replaces eight-year Board veteran Alan Yee, whose latest term expired.
“We’re delighted to welcome Yui Hay Lee to our Board,” said President Ces Butner. “He brings a strong business background, exceptional planning and development experience and a commitment to the community.”
Lee founded his architectural firm in 1980. He served as a Commissioner on the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Authority from 2007-2018. Mr. Lee was a member of the Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board under Mayor Jerry Brown. He also served on the Oakland Planning Commission from 1991-1994 under Mayor Elihu Harris and was elected Chairman in 1993.
“I’m honored to join the Port Commission during these exciting times,” said Commissioner Lee. “Port business continues to grow and provide opportunities that benefit the entire region.”
Lee was born in China and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mr. Lee was also awarded a scholarship to the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleu, France where he received a diploma in Architecture with honors. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University.
“Commissioner Lee is a man of integrity who will bring his experience from both the Planning and Coliseum Authority Board to the Port of Oakland,” Mayor Schaaf said. “The Port of Oakland in an important agency that not only oversees our seaport but also the airport, real estate and other interests of the Port. Commissioner Lee’s connection to the Asian and business communities will be beneficial to the Port’s doing business with multinational corporations.”