Irene recently retired from her position as Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Health for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, where she had worked for over 22 years.
Since completing residency training in Psychiatry at UCSF, she has dedicated her career to community psychiatry in San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties, providing psychiatric care for children, youth and their families in civil service clinics and community-based organizations.
In addition to her work in psychiatry, she has served on numerous boards and professional societies including, Presidio Hill School (Trustee), Oakes Children’s Center (Trustee), Northern California Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (President, Community Service Chair, National Delegate), and the San Francisco Drug Abuse Advisory Board (member).
She is a mother of two: Hana, a senior at The Marin School who intends to study environmental science in college, and Jae, a sophomore at Drew, whose musical interests have expanded from heavy metal to jazz since arriving at Drew (something for which she will be eternally grateful!).
In the last 5 years, Irene has focused her attention to the impact of racial bias, and how it surfaces in our interaction with others. This work has led her to opportunities to discuss issues around race as well as trainings on leadership and participatory decision making, a facilitation technique that encourages participants to hear all perspectives without judgment or bias.