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Scripps Research Institute Names Christopher A. Lee as Director of Philanthropy

LA JOLLA, CA – March 24, 2015 – The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has named Christopher A. Lee, formerly of PCI (Project Concern International), as director of philanthropy on the institute’s La Jolla, California campus.

“Chris brings a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and experience to the job,” said David Blinder, senior vice president of external affairs at TSRI. “We look forward to working with him to raise support for the institute’s groundbreaking science and top-tier graduate education.”

Lee was most recently vice president of PCI in the global health and development organization’s San Diego headquarters, where he managed private fundraising operations, marketing and communications. Prior to his position at PCI, he worked for seven years at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, where he was director, then vice president, for external relations.

A graduate of West Virginia University (BA, political science) and Villanova University (MBA), Lee previously held fundraising positions with Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore and Villanova University in Philadelphia, and worked as a legislative staff member for then-Congressman Alan Mollohan on Capitol Hill.

Lee can be reached at

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Christopher A. Lee is now director of philanthropy at The Scripps Research Institute. (High-res image)