Lee is a Research Professor of Economics at The University of New Mexico and the former Director of the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
She has been a close observer of the New Mexico economy for more than 30 years and was an active participant in the process for developing BBER’s consensus forecasts using the FOR-UNM model. While retired, Lee continues to be involved in the research efforts of BBER, where she was the principal investigator on any number of projects over the years. With a Legislative appropriation in 2015, she was part of an inter-disciplinary team of researchers from five departments in three NM universities who analyzed the impacts of climate variability and drought in the Southern Rio Grande Valley and Las Cruces. She is currently working on projects with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and with a group of NM Pueblos. Health care is also an on-going interest. Work in this area has included estimation of NM health expenditures and two studies on the economic and fiscal impacts of the Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Before joining the BBER staff Lee was the City Economist for the City of Albuquerque and she also worked as an economic analyst and then as the Chief Economist for the NM Department of Finance and Administration in Santa Fe. She has taught courses at UNM and was formerly on the faculty at the University of Utah.
Lee enjoys spending time with her family and grandkids in New Mexico and New York. She also enjoys reading, hiking, bicycling, backcountry skiing and traveling, particularly on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, where she can explore new places and experience different cultures.