Virginia Lee

Virginia brings a broad knowledge of the natural resources of the town, and experience in participatory public process to the Town Council. Virginia Lee listens. She listens to all levels of government, to folks from all walks of life who live in all parts of the town and has the ability to seek a common thread and pursue it through informed balanced policy formulation and implementation. She is eager to be of service for the future benefit of the residents of Charlestown.

Virginia Lee – Town Council

Virginia loves the diversity of the people and the places of  Charlestown. Ever since she was a student at URI in the 1970s, she has made a life’s work of studying, appreciating and championing the salt ponds of southern RI including Charlestown, Green Hill and Quonnie ponds and their watersheds within the town of Charlestown. She moved to Charlestown from South Kingstown about seven years ago, retired from the Coastal Resources Center at URI, and was ready to contribute to her new community. She believes in true public service, the value of democracy, and the importance of civil society.


Professional Experience

Public Service

  • Charlestown Town Council 2014 – present
  • Town Council Liaison to the Waste Water Management Commission, the Coastal Pond Management Commission, the Historical Society, the Comprehensive Plan rewrite, and the Harbor Management Plan Update.
  • Member Charlestown Potable Water Working Group
  • South Kingstown Town Council, Zoning Board, Conservation Commission
  • South Kingstown Land Trust, Board of Trustees
  • Rhode Island Aqua Fund, Board Member
  • Save the Bay, Board of Directors
  • Advisory Committee, Grow Smart Rhode Island
  • Volunteer, Women’s Resource Center, South Kingstown, RI
  • Volunteer, RI CAN Food Pantry, Charlestown, RI


  • Virginia loves living in Charlestown where she enjoys sailing, kayaking, and swimming. She has two step children and three grand daughters.


  • Virginia fully supports the CCA Platform for the 2016 election

On November 8th 2016, you elected Virginia Lee to the Charlestown Town Council