R. Lee Walker was born in Prentiss, Mississippi. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother and grandparents at an early age. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from California State University at Dominguez Hills, and he has completed graduate work in business and education at the University of California at Los Angeles. Lee also holds a Master's of Science in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Management. He has worked in corporate America for many years, having retired from one of California's largest law enforcement agencies. An advocate of public speaking and community-based initiatives, Lee has produced hundreds of community talk shows and given to many charitable causes. He is also a world traveler.