Michelle Lee was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1958. She is the youngest of five children and has an elder brother and three older sisters. She attended the University of Taiwan and then worked for Cathay Pacific Airlines as an airlines stewardess for a few years before immigrating to the United States for graduate studies in 1981. She attended the University of Houston, working on a Masters of Educational Psychology, while staying with her brother, who was married but without children at the time. She met her husband, Jerry Lee, at the church she attended with her brother’s family and married before her last semester at UH. Due to family reasons, they held their wedding in Taiwan and they moved to Taiwan for two years after her graduation. They returned to raise their children, Josh and Esther, in a better environment. She became a stay at home mom for five years before re-entering the work force through a part-time job, and eventually became a financial advisor for Chase banks in Chinatown. She currently works as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, she serves on the Diversity Council as well as the Women Advisory Council. She is also highly active within her church, Houston Chinese Church, volunteering with a community service organization called Light & Salt Association and serving as the Conference Chair for the Houston Chinese Christian Business Association.