Lester Chang was born on the Lower East Side in public housing to immigrant Chinese parents, who were determined to provide a better life for their three children. When Lester was 8 years old, his father who worked as a cook in a Chinese restaurant, lost his battle with cancer and the family briefly returned to Hong Kong to live with relatives. A few years later, his family returned to New York City and settled in Midwood, Brooklyn.
A product of New York’s public education system, Lester has graduated from Midwood High School and holds a BS degree in accounting from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a Masters Degree in International Transportation from (SUNY) State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx. Lester previously worked in banking and finance before choosing a career in global logistics which enabled him to travel extensively in Asia. Over the course of his logistics career, he has served in various senior management positions in managing company offices in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
After stints at Bank of New York, a local Chinatown stock brokerage house, he focused on the shipping industry, where he soon moved up to management at Wen-Parker Logistics, then Seagate Logistics. The industry afforded him the opportunity to travel the world, working in India, overseeing operations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and China.
In addition to his private sector career, Lester have retired as a navy reservist for nearly 24 years. In the aftermath of 9/11 he was assigned to support Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. In 2009-2010, he was deployed to Bagram Air base, Afghanistan as a military analyst. He last rank is Chief Warrant Office (CWO3).
He is a current member of the New York State Naval Militia. He volunteers for State active duty in support of Operation COVID-19, since March 2020, he helped convert Jacob Javits Convention Center into a field hospital (treated over 1,000 covid patients), and Javits Center transition to a vaccination center serving over 500,00 patients.
Lester is a native New York and currently resides in Brooklyn. He is an executive committee member with his local Chinatown American Legion Post 1291 (400+ members). As an Afghan War Veteran, he is uniquely qualified to represent and understand Combat war veteran issues.
鄭永佳出生於紐約市唐人街下东区的政府樓，父母是一代移民，他们移民美國是为了給孩子一個更好的生活。 在他 8 岁时，他的父亲，一名中餐馆的厨师，在与癌症的斗争中不幸逝世，全家短暂返回香港与亲戚住在一起。
利益於纽约公校教育系统的幫助，鄭永佳毕业于米德伍德高中，他拥有布鲁克林学院 (CUNY) 会计学学士学位和布朗克斯 (SUNY) 纽约州立大学海事学院国际运输硕士学位. 他曾在银行和金融业工作，后来進入了全球物流行业，在他的职业生涯中，曾担任 Wen-Parker Logistics 和 Seagate Logistics 的多个高级管理职位，负责管理位于印度、孟加拉国、柬埔寨、越南和泰国等地的公司業務。
除了在私营部门工作之外，鄭永佳还担任海军预备役军人近 24 年。
在 9/11 之后，他被分配到华盛顿特区以支持国土安全部。2009-2010 年，他被部署到阿富汗巴格拉姆空军基地担任军事分析员。他的軍銜等级是CWO3。
他是纽约州海军民兵的现任成员。他志愿参加国家现役以支持 COVID-19 行动，自 2020 年 3 月以来，他帮助将 Jacob Javits 会议中心改造成野战医院（治疗 1,000 多名 covid 患者），并将 Javits 中心转变为为超过 500,000 人提供服务的疫苗接种中心。
鄭永佳是土生土长的纽约人，目前居住在布鲁克林。他是唐人街美国军团 Chinatown American Legion Post 1291（400 多名成员）的执行委员会成员。作为一名阿富汗战争退伍军人，他非常有资格代表和理解战斗退伍军人问题。