Renee was born and raised in Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for undergrad and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. As a law student, she interned in all three branches of Colorado government, including clerking for a state judge, interning for a state legislator during the Colorado General Assembly, and working in the Governor's Office of Policy and Research under the senior health policy advisor. She moved to Anchorage in 2014 following graduation from law school. Renee is currently an associate attorney at Bankston Gronning O'Hara, were she practices general civil litigation and commercial transactions. Renee enjoys exploring Anchorage's trails on bike, camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and black lab, Kali.