Deana is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google with over 10 years of experience doing user-centered design. As a designer of global products and services, Deana is most often found in-field learning about people across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Her work informs product strategy and innovation in new markets, most notably Google's food and home services delivery platform launched in India last year.
Deana is a UX mentor to Africa-based startups in Google's accelerator program. She is founder of the Black UX Network in Silicon Valley, seeking to increase interest and representation of people of color in User Experience (UX) fields. Deana received a PhD in Computing from Georgia Tech where she focused on design at the margins - designing with and for the refugee and immigrant community. Her research landed her several prestigious fellowships and awards from companies like Intel and Google. Her work is published at top top venues such as CHI, Ubicomp and IFIP.
Deana is a native of Jamaica and has lived and/or worked in five countries including Spain, UK and South Africa. 3