Albert Lee

Design Partner, New York

Albert joined NEA in 2015 and is currently a Design Partner. In this role, he works closely with portfolio companies supporting them with product, design, and organizational development strategies and execution. He’s been actively involved in building the NEA Studio program, which has an emphasis on supporting non-traditional founders and also focuses on design-centric investments for both consumer and enterprise products.  

Albert has a deep background at the intersection of design and business. Prior to NEA he was the Managing Director of IDEO’s New York office, where he brought more than a decade of experience in digital product, communication, and venture design to bear. He specialized in developing new offerings and incubating ventures for clients based on consumer insights in a wide range of industries, including retail, financial services, consumer technology, and fashion. He has worked with companies such as Target, American Express, and Ford. He previously held a Director role at the design firm 2x4, and founded their Asia office in Beijing. Earlier in his career he was a design architect at Frank Gehry’s office. 

Albert holds a BA in architecture from U.C. Berkeley, a MFA in graphic design from Yale, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He was also named to Fast Company's 1000 Most Creative People in Business in 2014.