|Mordecai, a native of Milwaukee, attended UWM as a freshman. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UW-Madison and received a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
From 1972-76, he served in Washington, D.C. as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and then on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to a Wisconsin congressman.
He was elected to the State Assembly from Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood in 1976, 1978 and 1980. He was elected State Senator in 1982 and reelected four years later. In 1986 Milwaukee Magazine named him one of 'Wisconsin's Ten Best Legislators.'
In 1990, he was appointed Executive Director of a nonprofit agency, the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations. His responsibilities included advocacy, interfaith relations, Board liaison, lobbying and serving as the media spokesperson for Milwaukee's Jewish community.
Lee joined UWM in 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Governmental Affairs. In 2002 he was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2006 was promoted to Professor. His responsibilities include overseeing the noncredit Certificate in Public Administration and Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He has also been designated by UWM's Graduate School as a graduate faculty member and teaches in UWM's Master of Public Administration program.
His areas of specialization include external communications in public and nonprofit management, government history and Jewish Studies. He has received awards for training programs he created and been the recipient of research grants from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and for the 33rd annual Fromkin Lecture at UWM. He is active in national organizations and has been appointed or elected to various positions in the American Society for Public Administration and the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
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