Elisabeth Samson Lee

Midwest Regional Fellow

As AIT’s Midwest Regional Fellow, Elisabeth works with our community in the states of Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Elisabeth Samson Lee is a writer, fighter, and crusader for justice. After a workplace sexual assault in 2012 and its aftermath, Elisabeth began fighting for laws, policies, and accountability to ensure safe workplaces for all—particularly in the field of law enforcement.

After attending AIT civic leadership workshops in Minneapolis in both 2018 and 2019, Elisabeth participated in AIT’s Emerging Leaders Program as a member of the Twin Cities Cohort and was chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. She currently serves on the Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group and the Survivor Advisory Group to the Governor’s Office. Elisabeth is committed to raising awareness and action around the importance of women’s civic leadership and the experiences and needs of sexual assault survivors. Her recent advocacy efforts have included testifying for the Minnesota State House and sharing her experience and perspective with current law students in the Twin Cities. Elisabeth believes in the power of every individual to create political impact and continues to say “yes” to the opportunities that present themselves.

Elisabeth wrote a book about her workplace assault experience titled Bound and Gagged by the Thin Blue Line: Sexual Assault, Harassment, and the Broken Systems Sworn to Protect and Serve (September 2020) to shine a light on the systemic failures she endured during her years-long battle for justice.

She lives in the Twin Cities area surrounded by books, beauty, and a big fluffy cat named Eleanor.