Preston Lee, DC 81, and Peg McGlinch, MN 94, Selected as 2018 Staats Award Winners

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The Truman Foundation presented the 2018 Staats Award to Preston Lee, DC '81 and Peg McGlinch, MN '94 in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri during Truman Scholars Leadership Week in May, 2018.


Preston Lee is former Senior Director, Industry Relations in the Single Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit organization. In that capacity, Mr. Lee was responsible for Freddie Mac’s business and outreach relationships with the state and local housing finance agency community, their affiliated trade associations and other key housing leaders at the state and local level.

A veteran of more than 25 years in the mortgage industry, Preston is a founding member and Treasurer of the Potomac Coalition Incorporated a Washington, DC based corporation founded in 1992, as a non-partisan policy development, political advocacy, and fundraising organization. Its focus is on expanding economic opportunities for Urban Americans.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Mr. Lee served in the Clinton administration in several leadership capacities including as Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (HUD). 

Preston holds degrees in Political Science from George Williams College, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law. Mr. Lee also holds several business certifications including a Certificate in Business Excellence from The Columbia University School of Business and the Accredited Mortgage Professional Designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association School of Mortgage Banking. Mr. Lee is a member of the Maryland and American Bar Associations. 


Peg McGlinch is Senior Counsel to the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee, working on tax and trade policy and investigations. Her previous Hill experience includes serving as Legislative Counsel to then-Senate Majority/Minority Whip Harry Reid (D-NV), Tax Counsel/Legislative Director for Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), Chief of Staff to her hometown Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN), and Legislative Aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).

Peg also spent ten years as a lobbyist helping companies, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations effectively present their priorities before Congress, representing groups such as LexisNexis, Yahoo, eBay, a global maternal health nonprofit, the GRAMMY awards, and the American Institute of CPAs.

She has worked on numerous Democratic congressional and presidential campaigns and conducted extensive pro bono work for a range of nonprofit organizations and causes. In her spare time she is learning to speak Italian, and she loves to travel and hang out with her dog, Harry.