Lee began working with wood at age seven through the Kids Carpentry program in her hometown of Berkeley, CA. Years later, while studying art and philosophy at Brown University (BA ’00), she built sets for the college theater. Lee worked as a scenic carpenter and instructor of scenic arts before eventually moving into building interactive science exhibits for the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.  Lee moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where she ran the Offerman Woodshop- a collective of independent woodworkers until 2018. She currently is the program director of the non-profit Would Works, and teaches woodworking in the School of Art at Cal State Long Beach. Lee is a member of the LA Box Collective.