June Jo Lee


Chef Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix

2018 Sibert Award Honor for Informational Book, ALA
2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Book, NCSSl
2018 Orbis Pictus Award Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, NCTE
2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, TLA



Co-author of Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, a 2018 Sibert Award Honor for most distinguished informational book for children, about the Korean American chef who remixed the flavors of L.A with the Korean Taco and kickstarted the modern food truck industry, thereby revolutionizing American fast food.

Co-founder of Readers to Eaters, an independent children’s book publisher a with a social mission to promote literacy about our food system and literacy through stories about food.  

Resident food ethnographer for Google’s Global Food Program, providing user insights and strategy.  

User Experience Researcher for food industry, including Sempio, Walmart Labs, Good Dog, BrightFarms, UMass Amherst, Perkins School for the Blind.

Member of Google Food Lab and speaker at food industry events including, Grain Gathering, Monterey Bay Aquarium, NACUFS, CIA’s Menu of Change, Oldways, Nutrition and Health Conference, American Heart Association, Natural Expo West, National Cooperative Grocers.



Previously,  VP of Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group, leading qualitative research projects for Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Target, Starbucks’ Evolution Fresh, Dairy Management Inc, Kraft, Nestle, Hersey, Heinz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and more.

Studied food anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and started career in food as a produce team member at the original Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas.

Grew up between Seoul Korea, Austin Texas and Palo Alto California, eating her mom’s handmade kimchi.