Jaime Lee: The Trojan Who Makes Time Management an Art
Heres a hint to the USC alumna’s success: Its about making choices.
At last count, Jaime Lee 06,? JD 09, serves on the governing boards of three USC alumni organizations; a city agency that issues industrial-development bonds; a state agency that regulates speech, language and hearing-related licensees; the Hollywood-Wilshire YMCA; the Korean American Coalition; and a nonprofit that backs improvements in downtown Los Angeles Fashion District.
How does she find time for all this volunteer work while holding two executive positions in her familys extensive real estate development and management business?
When you prioritize the things that are important to you, its easy to find a way to do it all, says Lee, executive vice president of Jamison Services, a property management company, and chief executive officer of Jamison Realty, a leasing and brokerage firm (both part of the Jamison group of companies based in Los Angeles). I usually make a list of everything I want to accomplish, how much time each item will take, and then find away to fit them in.
Thats been her approach to life since she was an undergraduate English major at USC Dornsife and taught herself time-management techniques. Back then, on any given day she might fit in classes, honor-society meetings, lacrosse practice, magazine editing, homework and part-time work, both on campus for the Office of Protocol as well as in the family business.
Lee considers passion to be as important as planning for success. If you dont enjoy what you do, you wont be effective in your role, and you wont properly manage your time commitments, she says. You cant create time for something youre not interested in.
She attributes her job satisfaction to striving to better the lives of everyone in her family, and meeting and working with new people in a field that never bores her. How about her work for the USC Alumni Association? It all comes from her love for USC, explains Lee, who initially got involved through the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Associations (APAA) board of directors in 2010.
At first it was just fun to spend time with fellow Trojans, she says, but as I got more involved with the APAAs scholarship program, it became incredibly rewarding to interact with current students and develop strong relationships with people Ive mentored.
She went on to join the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and the USC Gould School of Law Alumni Associations board. For the past four years, shes served on the host committee for the USC Womens Conference.
Her family members have strong Trojan connections too. Alumni include her mother, Miki Nam 79, and her grandfather, Andrew Chung Woo Nam DDS 72. Lees three younger brothers have double USC degrees as well: Phillip 08, JD 12; Brian 09, MBA 14; and Garrett 11, JD 14.
Lees parents instilled the value of community service in her, she says, stressing that its important to help those whove helped you.
Shes both idealistic and pragmatic about the end results of her community work.
Im hoping for a better world, Lee says. For me, philanthropy is not just about writing a check. Its about getting to know an organizations programs and the work it does, and contributing as much as you can with the skills that you have to help as much as possible.