Lucille Lee started in the computer industry when programs were written on punch cards. She joined IBM right after graduate school and stayed with the company for 30+ years. While at IBM, she had the unique opportunity of designing and implementing a number of computer powered firsts, such as the satellite tracking system, the first computer network based airline reservation system (for American Airlines), and prototyped the first database system based on the Relational Database Theory (the base for Sybase, Oracle, etc.) At IBM, Lucille’s role ranged from architect, designer, implementer, manager, and IBM representative to ISO (the International Standards Organization).
After retiring from IBM in the late 90’s, Lucille and her son Prescott Lee started a number of social networking websites, among them eCircles.com (a predecessor of Facebook), and Filmloop.com for exchanging photos. For this, Lucille was written up in a New York Times article titled “Mother, I’m the Boss Now”.
Since joining the 1990 Institute in 2007, Lucille has worked on the Microfinance Program and served as lead for its Teachers Workshop.
Lucille received her B.A. in Mathematics from Hunter College in New York, and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. She is married to Billy Lee, a founder of the 1990 Institute.