Penny Lee, a seasoned political communications and government relations strategist, joined Venn in January 2009 after serving as the top communications and political advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Prior to serving in that post, Ms. Lee was the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, where she oversaw 38 statewide elections and helped Democratic governors regain the majority of statehouses for the first time in more than a decade. Before serving in that position, Ms. Lee was communications director for Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. She has also been a member of the senior staff of the Democratic National Committee and a private consultant to charitable and Democratic party interests. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Baylor University.