Emily Lee


Program & Partner Relations Coordinator

“Success in business is built through meaningful partnerships.”

Contact Information:

Peoria Next Innovation Center
801 W. Main St.
Peoria, IL 61606

Phone: 309-677-4633
Fax: 309-677-3289
Email: elee@imec.org
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-villhauer-lee-18329bb


I work closely with the IMEC leadership team and staff to develop partner relationships and identify resources to support the IMEC  mission. My role as the Program and Partner Relations Coordinator includes development of planning documentation for long- and short-term strategic objectives for special initiatives. I also cultivate strong relationships with key strategic partners including the analysis of identified opportunities, project planning and operational groundwork. For all of my work, I manage partner expectations to ensure both parties are adequately delivering on their obligations, and to continue to explore additional growth opportunities with the partner.

A common theme across my experience is identifying the needs of the person or group with whom I work, and determining the best manner to meet the need. My work in non-profit healthcare provided significant financial and grant management experience while incorporating development of staff and community relations. I have over ten years of experience in higher education, specifically in program management. My work with administrators, community partners and students allows me to appreciate the differing perspectives of involved stakeholders, and how to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.


  • Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa
  • Event planning and management
  • Grants management
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