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President: Chris Pelkola Lee
Idaho Falls, ID

Initially from the Chicago suburbs, Chris graduated from DePaul University and after college continued to live in Chicago working in the corporate world, which relocated her to Manhattan. She happily resided and worked in New York prior to accepting the challenge of a ‘lifestyle change’ and moving across the country to a place she’d never been, Idaho Falls, ID!

In a twist of fate, it wasn’t until moving to Idaho Falls that Chris had the opportunity to explore her interests in real estate.  She now has over 15 years under her belt as a REALTOR® and has owned her own independent brokerage since 2014.

The more she has learned about the industry, the more passionate and involved Chris has become in training, leadership roles and advocating for the consumer. Chris has served in volunteer positions within the industry at the local, state and national levels, including as President of her local REALTOR® association, on various committees for Idaho REALTORS® and currently serves as the 2023 National President for the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, whose mission is to advance women as business leaders in the industry and the communities we serve. 

Taking that mission to heart, Chris is also actively involved in her community and is currently serving on two citizen committees by Mayoral appointment regarding local housing needs and how local government can support the local business and economic growth climate. In 2019 she chaired a citizen committee considering the facility needs of the local police department, which recommended that the City move toward a new build for a first-ever headquarters for the department. Ultimately the City was able to acquire a parcel of land in a somewhat blighted corridor and improvements made thereupon should also encourage private industry to reinvest in the area positively affecting property values. She has spoken locally about housing at events for the City, the Idaho Innovation Center, the Urban Land Institute and the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho. Chris is also a proud Rotarian. 

Chris is honored to have been recognized as the 2018 REALTOR® of the Year by her peers at the Greater Idaho Falls Association of REALTORS®. She is a graduate of Idaho REALTORS® Leadership Academy, a proud RPAC President’s Circle investor and the Broker/Owner of simpLEE HOME® in Idaho Falls.