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 Preston Lee is Senior Director, Industry Relations in the Single Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit organization. In this capacity, Mr. Lee has responsibility 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. 

Preston is chair of one of the Truman Foundation's Washington, DC Selection Panels, and he has been involved in the Truman community for many years, including as a board member of the Truman Scholars Association.


Peg McGlinchPeg McGlinch is Senior Counsel to the Ways and Means Committee Democrats, working on taxes, international trade, and oversight. She previously served as Chief of Staff to her hometown Congressman, Rep. Tim Walz; Legislative Director to Rep. Richard Neal; Legislative Counsel to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid; and Legislative Aide to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

She also spent a decade in private practice lobbying, counseling non-profit organizations, trade associations, and companies about how to interact with Congress productively. She has worked political campaigns in every cycle since 1992.

Peg is a 2001 graduate of Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, and she earned her B.A. at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. Peg lives in Washington, DC with her rescue dog Harry.

For many years, Peg has been a member of the Truman Finalist Selection Committee. She is also a regular speaker and mentor to young Truman Scholars in Washington, DC.


The Truman Foundation established the Staats Award in 1993 to honor Elmer Staats, the former Chairman of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Staats was Deputy Director of the Bureau of the Budget during the Truman Administration and went on to serve six more Presidents before retiring in 1981 as Comptroller General. The award recognizes Truman alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and have made significant contributions to the Truman Scholar community.