Irene joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2008 as the first director of the Local Grantmaking Program. Irene currently leads the Foundation’s team that annually invests $20M in five CA counties, and closely works with community partners to ensure that families remain strong, youth can thrive, and communities are vibrant.
Irene brings over two decades of community leadership to the Foundation with experience working for corporate, community and family foundations. From 2002-2008, Irene served as the inaugural Executive Director and CEO of eBay Foundation, the first corporate charitable entity to be established with pre-IPO stock. Reporting to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Irene led the development of the foundation mission and vision, recruited and managed a team of employees and stakeholders, and created its first global community investment programs and employee engagement strategies for eBay, Inc. employees. Prior to eBay Foundation, Irene was appointed the first Director of Corporate Services at the former Community Foundation Silicon Valley where she established their corporate practice, and worked with a portfolio of companies to develop new philanthropic strategies.
Irene has also held positions in corporate contributions and corporate social responsibility in New York City with MetLife and the former Mutual of New York. At MetLife, Irene oversaw the culture, public broadcasting, and public policy giving portfolios for the company and their foundation, and developed several national grantmaking initiatives.
Irene holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson PPIA Fellowship recipient. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways alum, director of Children’s Discovery Museum and past director of Northern California Grantmakers and Hispanic Foundation Silicon Valley.