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André Robert Lee
Director • Producer • Keynote Speaker • Teacher

André is an award-winning Film Maker, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Writer, and Educator. He has committed his entire career to building an army of change agents. His process includes Many Things; New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, Diana Ross, BET, Universal, PBS, HBO, Sundance, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. André directed and produced The Prep School Negro and served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? André created The Election Effects Project for Paramount TV. André’s film award winning film Virtually Free is the story of incarcerated youth in Richmond, Virginia is still on the festival route. 

Meet Me Where I Am is a short film that André Directed and premiered at Sundance 2022 and is on the festival circuit.  The Road to Justice is another film festival darling that documents the Civil Rights Tours André has led throughout the American South. He is the Executive Producer on this film. In the Spring of 2021, André Directed Firsthand: Realizing Your Full Potential Through Stem, a short documentary for Strayer Studies in partnership with Blackhouse (Sundance). André directed and produced This is Life with Lisa Ling for CNN. André is currently in development for a documentary project with artists Steven and William Ladd and a series on mental health programs within the California Department of Education. André also teaches Filmmaking at the Germantown Friends School. He has worked with the school to develop a film program for Middle and Upper School. André has also served as a Professor of writing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. André serves in the Board of Directors The Miquon School. 

André is the namesake of the André Robert Lee Fellowship, a nearly $2 million program dedicated to providing financial grants, mentorship, and leadership opportunities, while building a stronger culture of affinity and inclusion.










Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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