Lee Satterfield

President and Chief Operating Officer @ Meridian
Lee Satterfield
Lee Satterfield

Lee Satterfield is President and Chief Operating Officer at Meridian International Center, where she directs daily operations, drives organizational growth through corporate and philanthropic partnerships, and leads strategic initiatives and planning. Since joining Meridian in 2015 as Executive Vice President, she has spearheaded major programs including the launch of the Center for Diplomatic Engagement and the Center for Global Leadership, expanded the Center for Cultural Diplomacy and led the organization’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.

Prior to Meridian, Satterfield served in executive management positions across government and the private sector. Under President Obama she was Acting Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), where she led the State Department’s global efforts to engage individuals through academic, cultural, professional, and youth exchanges. Satterfield forged private sector partnerships to expand the impact of public diplomacy across the globe. She was appointed by the President as a member of the U.S. delegation headed by Dr. Jill Biden to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She chaired the cultural working group as part of the U.S. China Consultation on People-to-People Exchanges in Beijing in 2012. Prior to ECA, Satterfield was Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States, overseeing visits of heads of government and other international dignitaries on behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Clinton.

Satterfield served in the Clinton Administration in several leadership roles. She was the Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, Special Assistant to the President, Staff Director for he White House Office of Public Liaison, Deputy Director of Scheduling for President Clinton, and Scheduler for Vice President Gore.

As Director of Planning for the Democratic National Convention, she oversaw the site selection process for the 2004 Convention in Boston. She was Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Democratic National Committee. As a consultant in the private sector, Satterfield advised multinational clients on organizational design and structure, strategic planning, crisis management, and executive preparedness.

A native South Carolinian, Satterfield graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Patrick Steel, and their two sons.