Lee Hanson is a vice chair and partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York and San Francisco offices. She is a member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice, working with clients across a broad range of industries including financial services, industrial, consumer, professional services, and technology. She also conducts many of the firm’s most significant chief legal officer assignments.


In addition to her executive search practice, Lee was co-chair for several years of the firm’s Global Promotions Committee and a past chair of the Global Partnership Council. In 2012, she received the John E. Struggles Award, a partner-nominated and selected award, given to the partner who most demonstrates the partnership commitment, client focus, and personal integrity hallmarks of the firm.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Lee spent fifteen years as an investment banker, most recently at Merrill Lynch & Co. and previously at Morgan Stanley & Co. Prior to this, she served as a law clerk to a federal district judge in New York.

Lee has written articles for Directors and Boards magazine and spoken on numerous occasions on topics such as diversity on boards and the evolving profile of corporate directors.


Harvard Law School, JD

Yale University, BA in Economics

Philanthropy and Service

Lee is a member of the board of directors of Analysis Group, Inc., an economics and financial consulting firm, and is also on the board of Students Rising Above, a non-profit focused on assisting high-potential, low-income high school students to achieve a successful college career. Previously, she was a trustee at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California for nine years, the last two years as chair of its board and served as co-chair of the school’s capital campaign. She was also vice president of the board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.