Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership
Jason Patent, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building I-House's existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of I-House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, and external businesses and non-profit organizations.
Jason has an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard, a Master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University, and he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Jason is known for his ability to teach and to find practical uses for theoretical concepts. He is committed to using his skills and experiences to foster understanding and successful collaboration among international populations. His previous professional roles include: American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director, Beijing Center, Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program; Consultant at Gap International; Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. When he’s not at work or out running on the Bay Trail or in the Berkeley hills, Jason enjoys relaxing with his wife and two daughters.
Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., is the Facilitator for the Intercultural Leadership Initiative certificate program for residents at International House Berkeley. As an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), she designs and delivers intercultural workshops to corporate and non-profit clients, as well as to U.C. Berkeley staff and students. Prior to joining the CIL team, she consulted for various organizations, and advised and developed programs in the Global Engagement Office at Santa Clara University and in American University's Career Center. Fluent in Spanish, Lauren spent four years working in Spain as a cross-cultural trainer, ESL instructor, and developer of international exchange programs for low-income youth. She has also worked and studied in Lebanon, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and briefly in China. With ten years of experience in the fields of international and intercultural education, and organizational leadership, as a researcher, consultant, educator, and student, she has honed a passion for developing global leaders and skills for helping others effectively engage with difference.
Lauren received a Masters of Arts in International Communication and Education from the School of International Service at American University and a B.A. in Organizational Development and Spanish at the University of Michigan. When not working, Lauren enjoys taking long hikes, exploring new lands and cultures, cooking, reading, learning languages, reveling in music, singing, dancing, playing tennis, soccer, and ice hockey, and striving to try something new every day.
Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House Berkeley. She is responsible for engaging external stakeholders to participate in CIL programs. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at Dream Careers Global Internship Programs in San Francisco. A New York native, she was the ESL School Director for Kaplan International Centers in SoHo, NYC. She also spent two years teaching English in Japan, which ignited her passion and interest to pursue an industry that facilitates intercultural engagement and understanding.
Miranda received a Master of Arts in International Education and Development from New York University and studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, music and exploring the Bay Area with friends.
Hirona Hono, M.A., an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).
She develops curricula and training materials for increasing intercultural competence for corporate clients, non-profit, and educators. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked for VIA, a nonprofit education organization that offers leadership, medical education, language and cross-cultural understanding programs for university students from Asia. She also organized youth programs at the Center for International Youth Exchange in Japan where she learned about the impact of cross-cultural engagement as an investment for future generations and partnership-building among Asian countries. Having served as a volunteer in France, Ghana, Turkey, Japan and the UK as well as attending numerous youth conferences all over the world, she was inspired by how intercultural competence can prepare people to work more effectively and collaboratively. In order to provide more hands-on learning environments to youth, she recently started an organization called “LIFE” to develop intercultural skills and promote interdisciplinary dialogue in Japan.
Hirona received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management at SIT Graduate Institute, and a B.A. in International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan. When not working, Hirona enjoys traveling, playing the piano, exploring bookstores to find children’s books that represent cultural diversity, and planning to start new research on how to incorporate VR experiences into intercultural training.