Irene led the User Experience and Design practice at Google, responsible for the user interface design of Google-branded products. Prior to Google, Irene was Vice President of User Experience and Design at Yahoo, where she built the interaction design and user research practice, and led product and platform design efforts worldwide. Irene began her career at Netscape Communications, where she was an interaction designer and led cross-product design efforts on Netscape's browser, mail/news client, and page editor.
Irene was first introduced to yoga at the age of 16 and recommitted to her practice when her hectic career and passion for group exercise and fitness led her to pursue yoga for its many benefits. Irene is a graduate of the PURE yoga teacher training program at Equinox and completed the highly acclaimed yoga teacher training program at Avalon Art and Yoga Center in spring 2012; her teachers included Judith Lasater, Mark Singleton, Kelly McGonigal. Irene draws on many styles of yoga, combining choreographed flow sequences with proper alignment to make yoga accessible yet challenging. She also incorporates spiritual teachings in her classes to benefit students' emotional and mental health in addition to their physical health. Check out Irene's classes around the SF Bay Area.
Irene holds a master's degree in human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having received two full scholarships to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College, she earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and graduated summa cum laude.
An avid advocate of Montessori education, Irene is a board member at Bowman International School. She also aspires to make the perfect French macaron.