Irene has been a community organizer for almost ten years. Currently she works at Make the Road New York, the largest community-based immigrant organization in New York City with offices in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and more than 4,000 members, where she has served as both Supervising Organizer and Director of Organizing. She has led campaigns on housing, environmental justice, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender issues, education reform, language access and workplace justice. During her time there, the organization has spearheaded numerous successful campaigns resulting in significant policy changes in New York City, including a recent landmark Executive Order requiring translation and interpretation in all city agencies in the top six languages spoken in the city. Prior to joining Make the Road, Irene worked organizing Chinese and Latino immigrants in a successful campaign to raise the New York State minimum wage by $2.00 an hour. She also coordinated field operations for two important state-level electoral campaigns. She has served on the Board of Directors of New York Jobs with Justice and the Community Funding Board of the North Star Fund. She is a co- founding member of Q-Wave, a organization of lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of Asian descent in New York, and of Lala Camp, a community organizing training for leaders of lesbian organizations in China. Irene also co-produce Asia Pacific Forum a weekly radio show on WBAI 99.5 in New York. She is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Updated February 2009