Lee M. Kleinman – Bio

Lee M. Kleinman – Bio

Lee M. Kleinman is an elected member of the Dallas City Council serving his 4th term and representing almost 100,000 residents of North Dallas. His duties and inter-local assignments include:

  • being Chair of the Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure and Sustainability (MSIS) Committee as well as Chair of the Legislative Committee where he advocates for City issues at both the State and Federal level
  • serving on the Economic Development and Housing Committee as well as the Government Performance and Management Committee
  • being an Executive Committee Member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (the 16 county Municipal Planning Organization)
  • the Regional Transportation Commission
  • the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and as a Trustee on the Dallas Employees Retirement Fund (Pension).

Prior to his full-time commitment to public service, Kleinman was a specialist in cellular and wireless channel development as well as in the commercialization of technology products. Kleinman managed entrepreneurial and growth-oriented companies. His tenure includes several entrepreneurial ventures including:

  • Trio Teknologies, a national distributor of wireless products, where Kleinman developed and maintained partnerships with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile
  • ProSoft – an innovative developer of software products for the world’s largest law firms
  • Privacy Infrastructure – a data mining company focused on protecting personally identifiable information
  • Bridge Metrics – a developer of B2B supply chain marketing software
  • He has also provided advisory services to a number of startup ventures

Board positions and neighborhood organizations include:

  • the Dallas Park and Recreation Board
  • the Dallas Zoo
  • the Trinity Commons
  • Temple Emanu El
  • his children’s schools
  • the Friends of the Northaven Trail, which Kleinman founded. This organization has successfully raised over $30 million in private, local, state and federal funding to build a hike and bike trail across North Dallas.

Kleinman’s educational background includes:

  • Earning a B.A. degree in Economics and Psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California
  • Coursework at the London School of Economics
  • Earning an MBA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas
  • Receiving certificates in financial investments and portfolio management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

Kleinman’s personal interests include:

  • Serving as a frequent contributing writer to the Dallas Morning News providing editorial views on City related topics
  • Traveling the world with his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz, on foot, bicycle and virtually all other modes of transportation

Highlights include climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro, kayaking in Antarctica, cycling from Prague to Budapest, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and many more.