Lee is a native Philadelphian whose father’s career in the paper industry brought her to Wisconsin at the age of 10. She grew up in Green Bay, the daughter of a paper mill engineer and a registered nurse. Lee attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where she obtained a degree in English Literature. Lee went on to build a successful career in communications, marketing and public relations in the private sector (Fox River Paper Company), public sector (Kimberly-Clark) and non-profit sector. Most recently she was employed as the Director of Communications for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, a council serving girls and volunteers in 56 of Wisconsin’s counties.
Lee has called Appleton home since 1996 and it is where she raised her family. She is the proud mother of two. Her daughter, Nora, is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her son, Henry is a jazz percussion student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lee has a passion for connecting people and finding solutions to help make life more equitable, joyful and successful for those in her community. She is a longtime volunteer and vocal advocate on issues from female empowerment, the environment, racial justice and poverty. As a single parent, Lee spent a decade challenged with universal issues many families are facing and she takes her lived experience into the legislature, advocating for support for bills and programs which provide everyone access and opportunity to be successful and independent. Lee is a bi-identified woman and proudly serves as the chair of the Assembly’s LGBTQ Caucus.
When not in Madison or in-district working on behalf of the people of Wisconsin, Lee can be found exploring Wisconsin’s parks, outdoor recreation, or running near the Fox River. She is a big fan of gardening, live music, and her two cats.