Councilwoman Nikki Lee represents Ward 4 on the Tucson City Council. Nikki is an Air Force Veteran, Executive and Leadership Coach, and Mother of three. Raised in a small town in rural IL with a current population of just over 1,600, Nikki grew up in a working-class family. Her father is a retired miner and active preacher and her mother spent years owning and operating a small business.
Following in the footsteps of her family members, Nikki enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17. As eager as she was to serve her country, she also knew that the Air Force would afford her opportunities that she would not have otherwise had access to. The United States Air Force allowed Nikki to combine her passion for technology with her desire to serve.
Nikki met her husband Antoan when they were both stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. They fell in love with each other and Tucson, and when they left the Air Force, they made a home here to start their family.
Nikki worked in cybersecurity and technology fields within the defense industry for 20 years and spent several years working in the agriculture industry. She currently works at The Arbinger Institute, where she focuses on supporting state and local governments with culture transformation.
She used the GI bill to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a minor in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management and an MBA in IT Management, with honors.