Hey, I’m Lee. I'm a developer, writer, and the creator of Mastering Next.js and React 2025. I work at ▲Vercel as the Director of Developer Relations.
I’ve spoken across the country at conferences and meet-ups about front-end development, design, and recruiting. I write about development, tech careers, and my personal life on my newsletter.
I grew up in small-town Iowa and went to school at Iowa State, graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering. I spend my free time playing music, creating videos, and enjoying time with friends and family in Des Moines, IA.
Head of Developer Relations at Vercel 👨👩👧👦
I'm extremely excited about this new role helping grow the Next.js and Vercel community.
10,000 YouTube Subscribers 🎥
After many years on YouTube, I've started to figure this whole video thing out.
5,000 Newsletter Subscribers 💌
If you want to stay up-to-date on my latest work, it usually hits the newsletter first. I try to send an update once a month.
I'm excited to help grow the Next.js community and continue building the optimal workflow for front-end developers.
Launched React 2025 💯
Building a real SaaS application, from zero to production.
Emerging Technology Leader of the Year 🏆
I was extremely honored to be one of five finalists nominated for this award at the 2020 Prometheus Awards.
Got Married 🥳
Great year for a wedding, huh? We had a small ceremony with family and it was better than I could have imagined.
Became a Tech Lead 👨🏻💻
Starting at the beginning of 2020, I moved into a tech leadership role on an e-commerce development team at Hy-Vee.
Mastering Next.js made $10K 📈
I taught hundreds of students from all over the world how to build web applications. Exceeded my wildest expectations.
Software Engineer III ✨
Led design system architecture at Hy-Vee, building new components with React, Storybook, and styled-components.
Mastering Next.js ⚛️
Launched a 50+ lesson video course for building apps with Next.js and React.
Bought a Townhome 🏡
Who wants to do yardwork? Not me. Plus, Allie and I love living downtown Des Moines.
Got Engaged 💍
I asked my now fiancée, Allie, to marry me. She said yes! September was a busy month, to say the least – I also spoke at three events and sold my condo.
Spoke at Talent42 🎤
I spoke to over 100 technical recruiting leaders from across the country at Talent42 in Seattle during a 45-minute keynote.