The San Francisco Entertainment Commission
In January 2012, Steven Lee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to be the first Asian American nightclub owner to become a Entertainment Commissioner for San Francisco. As one of the seven member citizen board the San Francisco Entertainment Commission regulates, promotes and enhances entertainment and nightlife in the city of San Francisco.
The seven member commission has authority to accept, review and gather information to conduct hearings for entertainment-related permit applications.
The Entertainment Commission also plans and coordinates the provision of City services for major events for which there is no recognized organizer, promoter, or sponsor.
Steven Lee is a Board Member of The California Music and Culture Association
(CMAC) a membership-based trade association made up of venue owners and operators, industry professionals, artists, and fans dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of music and culture in the State of California.
CMAC’s founding members determined that there is a void in the political and media dialogues surrounding entertainment issues that needs to be filled. CMAC formed with the goal of supporting a vibrant and dynamic music, culture, and entertainment community that protects its heritage for active and safe entertainment through educational efforts, collective identity, and unified political advocacy. Steven Lee serves on the Governmental Affairs subcommittee of CMAC.
Steven Lee is on the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association APAPA.
A non-profit, non-partisan and grass roots organization founded in 2001 by C.C. Yin and a pioneering group of fellow civic-minded friends and community leaders. APAPA was established with the primary mission of empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development.
To accomplish this objective, APAPA developed voter registration events, internships, scholarships, voter education forums, and leadership, mentoring, and networking programs designed specifically for the education, betterment, and advancement of the API community.
Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC),
Steven Lee is also a member of the Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC), the oldest Chinese American political club in the 50 states. The Club was chartered in 1958 by the California State Democratic Central Committee and the California Democratic Council in response to growing political repression during a Republican administration and violations of the Chinese American civil rights in the mid 1950’s. The founding of the Club signaled a new approach to assert Chinese American participation in San Francisco’s partisan processes.
The aim and purpose of this Club shall be to encourage the development of meaningful political awareness within our community and to thereby foster active participation in the democratic process of government by all citizens? to encourage Chinese candidates to run for elective office? to encourage the appointment of Chinese persons to appointive positions? to demand a high standard in government to seek justice and equality for all peoples and to study, develop, and advocate issues relevant to the empowerment and civil rights of Chinese Americans.
FORMER COMMITTEES SERVED
Asian American Night Club and Restaurant Owners Consortium
“Asian American Owners with Large Venues in San Francisco”.
(Created in January 2011) Founder & Organizer.
In recent years of ownership changes within the nightclub scene, many Asian American promoters have move to the next level of their careers to own hip lounges and clubs in San Francisco. Putting their competition aside, Steven has united these owners together to form a place for communication, open discussions on neighborhood issues, share information on bad promoters and a forum for important issue with city government. 75 percent of the high profile venues in San Francisco are owned by Asian Americans.
Community Leadership Award
Presented by the
Chinatown Community Development Center
Warriors on The Waterfront Stadium Steering Committee.
Yerba Buena Nightclub coalition
Central Corridor Plan Neighborhood Committee.