Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Chair

City: Overland Park
Term Ends: June 2023

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Cheryl Harrison-Lee was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Governor Laura Kelly in 2019.   She is the CEO of HLDC, a management consulting firm, and serves as the chief technical advisor for the City of Kansas City, Missouri providing expertise on the Central City Sales Tax.

Regent Harrison-Lee was appointed by Governor Kelly to serve as Executive Director for the Office of Recovery and led the effort to establish the framework, strategic priorities, and financial reporting for use of the $1.034 billion CARES federal allocation to the State of Kansas to address the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic.   Her work included distributing funding to over 100 counties statewide and assisting cities, counties, and state agencies on the appropriate use of federal funds to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Ms. Harrison-Lee holds a graduate degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. Ms. Harrison-Lee’s experience includes employment in statewide, regional, and local government sector as well as private consulting firms. She is an accomplished municipal administrator in Florida and Kansas. Her experience includes the City of Orlando, City of Daytona Beach, City of Titusville, City of Gardner, and the City of Ormond Beach.

Significant professional accomplishments include master plan approval for a $457 mixed use urban entertainment center, developing a plan for reuse of the Orlando Naval Training Center and annexation and master plan for development of 7,500 acre project Lake Nona, home to over 50,000 new residents and Florida’s first gigabit community and a national sports and performance district.

Regent Harrison-Lee’s work in Gardner included transforming the agency to a high-performance organization resulting in the city being recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for her introduction of “best practice” Priority Based Budgeting. Additionally, she led the City of Gardner to achieve its first national award recognition for strategic planning and performance management.

She served as District Manager for Public Transportation with the Florida Department of Transportation, where she was selected to take part in a United States delegation to Hong Kong and Japan on an International Transit Study Mission.

Harrison-Lee was featured nationally in Essence magazine for her accomplishments in the profession and recognized by the University of Florida with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Her professional recognitions and affiliations include International City Management Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and University of Florida Board of Regents Fellow. She is a credentialed manager through the International City Management Association (ICMA). Harrison-Lee served on boards for the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and Bethune Cookman University.

She has one son.  During her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports.

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