Meet Neneki Lee, the wife of Laphonza Butler who is the newly elected senate. Read all about the newly elected Senate’s partner here. This bio covers details about her age, job, parents, and many more.
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Meet Neneki Lee, Laphonza Butler Wife
Neneki Lee is the wife of Laphonza Butler, president of Emily’s List and who filled in Diane Feinstein’s vacated Senate seat. The married couple has been together at least since 2009. However, they intend to keep their personal life details away from the public eye.
However, we know that the couple are parents to one daughter Nylah, who is 8 years old.
44-year-old Laphonza is the first openly gay senator from California. Her career has spanned the business, intellectual, governmental, and labor spheres. She worked for Airbnb as director of public policy and campaigns before joining Emily’s List, an organization that promotes the election of women to public office.
Prior to that, she was a partner at the political consulting firm SCRB Strategies, which is now Bearstar Strategies, and had as clients former Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and then-Sen. Kamala Harris as well as Newsom. Ace Smith, Sean Clegg, and Juan Rodriguez, three seasoned strategists for the governor, oversee the business.
Laphonza also presided over the Service Employees International Union Local 2015 for more than ten years, which represents more than 325,000 nursing facility and home care workers in California. The biggest union in California and the biggest local in the nation that represents long-term care workers is SEIU Local 2015. She served as a key adviser on the presidential campaign of Vice President Kamala Harris as well.
Laphonza was chosen by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a UC regent in 2018, a position she maintained until 2021. She has been on the boards of the Bay Area Economic Council Institute think tank, BlackPAC, and the Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that advocates for children. She served as a former member of the board of governors for the Federal Reserve System of Los Angeles.
The newly elected senator from California also presided over SEIU Local 2015, a labor organization that represents more than 325,000 nursing home and home care workers throughout the state. Prior to that, she served for seven years as the President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW).
Laphonza also oversaw the welfare of janitors, security guards, food service employees, and others around the country as the Director of SEIU’s Property Services Division. Laphonza Butler served as the SEIU California State Council’s president as well as SEIU International’s vice president. She has served on the boards of the Bay Area Economic Council Institute, BLACK PAC, and the National Children’s Defense Fund.
Laphonza earned her political science bachelor’s degree at Jackson State University, a historically Black university, where, in 2021, she told The Times’ Mark Z. Barabak that she was motivated by her professors, many of whom had participated in the civil rights movement.
After working as a labor organizer for nurses in Baltimore and Milwaukee, janitors in Philadelphia, and hospital employees in New Haven, Connecticut, Laphonza relocated to California in 2009.
Neneki Lee Age
As of November 2023, Neneki Lee is 49 years old.
Who Are Neneki Lee Parents?
It is not revealed who Neneki Lee’s parents are. However, Neneki has a twin brother named Nakia Lee who resides in Rialto, California.
Like her, Nakia also hasn’t revealed details about his parents.
More about her brother, Nakia had a partner named Rhonda Holland. They shared three children together named Jashae Danielle Lee, Joshua Lewis, and Jashon Lee. Jashae played women’s basketball. She began her career at Cal Poly before playing last season at New Mexico JC.
Jashae is an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at California State University, Long Beach, and a Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach at Trinity Valley Community College.
Jashon went to Sultana High School and Kansas Wesleyan University.
Other family members of Neneki Lee are Gloria Davis (age 75), Ursula Lee (age 53), William Carl Steffin (age 78), and William I Shields (age 70) according to public records.
Neneki Lee Job
Neneki Lee, per her LinkedIn, is working as a National Division Director – Public Services at SEIU. She began her job in November 1997.
Neneki Lee is the Director of the SEIU Public Services Division, according to the website. In reality, Neneki and Laphonza Butler originally met at the SEIU headquarters in Washington, DC. Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, is a labor organization that represents over 100 different occupations and almost two million people dispersed across the USA and Canada.
Before that, she was working as a national coordinator at the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.
Neneki attended Spelman College from 1991 to 1994. She went to Scripps College where she studied Political Science and Government.
Neneki Lee Height
Neneki Lee’s height measures around 5 feet 8 inches.
What Is Neneki Lee Ethnicity? Is She Black?
Neneki Lee is Black American by ethnicity.
When Is Neneki Lee Birthday?
Neneki Lee’s birthday is in April.
Is Neneki Lee On Instagram And Facebook?
Yes, Neneki Lee is on Facebook but not on Instagram.