Lee Schubert


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Leland (“Lee”) Schubert was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where he attended segregated public schools and witnessed many other examples of racial injustice. That experience has had a lasting effect on his social and political outlook, as has his family’s tradition of philanthropy.

During his high school and college years, Lee lived in Ohio and Kansas. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Washburn University and John Carroll University, respectively, before moving to the East Coast. He later did additional graduate work at Drew University. Lee also developed an interest in finance, which led him to independent study of economics and investment and to personal activity in various investment markets.

His other lifelong interests include both politics and religion. He was involved in the early days of the Libertarian Party and served on its national committee, where he also met his wife, Jane Rehmke. His religious experience was spread among several Christian denominations, culminating in active involvement in the progressive wing of the United Methodist Church. In that context, he served for several year on teh board of the Reconciling Ministries network, striving to change the denomination’s openly discriminatory treatment of gays and lesbians. He is no longer a member of any denomination, now preferring to develop a personal spiritual path outside of any one religious tradition. He hopes that this process will result in a book encouraging others to develop their own forms of personal spirituality. His previous writing includes his book, Woman Incognito, as well as numerous newsletters, articles, and blogs.

In addition to his other interests and activities, Lee has always attempted to perpetuate the tradition of philanthropy begun by his parents. He has pursued that goal both personally and as a president of his family’s charitable foundation for forty years.