Audria Pendergrass Lee

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, FINRA

For more than 20 years, Audria Pendergrass Lee has been driving meaningful organizational change—most recently through the strategic creation and deployment of infrastructure, resources, and tools that help foster a culture of diversity and inclusion and build an environment that supports corporate social responsibility and work/life balance.  Over her career, she has worked in a variety of industries, including the military, financial services, distribution and educational services.

Audria currently serves as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at FINRA and, since joining the organization in 2009, has facilitated the creation of an award-winning diversity leadership council and employee resource group program, launched formal mentoring programs, overseen the implementation of organization-wide diversity education and made significant enhancements to flexible work arrangements, gender- and LGBTQ-inclusive policies and other diversity programming efforts. In addition, she manages the federal contractor (workforce) compliance programs.

Audria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and has continued her studies at the University of Maryland University College and Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, she serves on the board of the Center for Workforce Compliance and as a member of the Tanenbaum Workplace Advisory Council.  In 2019, Audria was recognized by The Network Journal as an Influential Black Woman in Business.  Most importantly, she is the wife of US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Wendell Lee and mom to 12 year old Kendall Olivia.