Politics as a Profession

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Tue, 03/20/2018

Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng

Cynthia Lee-Sheng was elected Councilwoman At-Large for Division B in 2015 after serving as the Councilwoman for District 5 since 2009. Cynthia showed an interest in public service early in her life and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.  She is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and served for 10 years as a federal law enforcement officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Newark, New Jersey. Before running for office and serving on the Jefferson Parish Council, Cynthia practiced as a CPA specializing in litigation support.

Cynthia advocated for the revitalization of Fat City by sponsoring major zoning changes and working directly with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to combat illegal activity.  She established the Fat City Friends committee, which has evolved into the Metairie Business Development District. Through the MBDD she also funded the Fat City mural program and commissioned 10 beautiful murals by local artists.  Cynthia was also instrumental in bringing the first Trader Joe’s to the greater New Orleans area by working for nearly 2 years with the property owners and neighborhood group over the controversial Tolmas Tract property that has been in litigation for decades. 

In 2016, Cynthia spearheaded two initiatives vital to Jefferson Parish’s future.  Housing stock enhancement-neighborhood revitalization and storm water management. Through JEDCO, Cynthia funded the development of a Strategic Plan for Housing Stock Enhancement in Jefferson Parish to enhance existing housing and facilitate the creation of new housing through creative zoning techniques in order to attract new and younger residents.

Cynthia also initiated and funded the construction of a bio-swale on Metairie Road as a water management demonstration project in an effort to make Jefferson more sustainable.  In furtherance of this effort, she established the Storm Water Advisory Committee to explore amending the code to assist in the development of sustainable practices such as low impact development techniques, and landscape design, construction and maintenance to reduce storm water runoff and mitigate the effects of new development. 

Cynthia’s family is well known to Jefferson Parish residents.  Her grandfather opened the House of Lee Restaurant in the 1950s at the corner of Causeway Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  Cynthia’s father was Sheriff Harry Lee who proudly served and protected Jefferson Parish for over 28 years. Cynthia was educated at St. Angela Merici, Mount Carmel Academy, Loyola University and George Washington University. Cynthia has two teenage children, Gavin and Miranda who live with her in Metairie.