Nikki Lee

VICE MAYOR, CITY OF TUCSON

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CAPTURE ENGAGEMENT LEAD

RAYTHEON MISSILES & DEFENSE

U.S. AIR FORCE VETERAN

2018 FLINN-BROWN FELLOW

Nikki Lee followed in her family’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 17, allowing her to combine her passion for technology and the opportunity to serve her country. She has since helped lead Tucson in numerous ways.

Raised in a small Illinois town, Lee grew up in a working-class family. Her father was a miner and preacher and her mother owned and operated a small business. After her military service, she used the GI bill to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA in IT management, with honors.

Lee has worked in the cybersecurity and technology sector for 20 years and is a STEM professional in the aerospace and defense industry. She has served as Tucson City Councilwoman for Ward 4 since 2019. 

“Tucson provides the perfect landscape for new business ventures and job opportunities that hone every strength of our diverse population,” said Lee. “My vision for Tucson is a diversified economy where everyone has a shot. With more industry and career choices, everyone can work, live and feel safe while enjoying our beautiful city.”

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