Irene Hong a Korean-American, first-generation lawyer who is passionate about creating systemic change in the legal system to better represent the interests of all people. After attending high school in California, Irene moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate and graduate school career. During college, Irene served as a research fellow for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, where she researched the impact of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on national school meal participation rates.
After graduating with her BA in Political Science, Irene went on to earn her MS in Social Policy from the School of Social Policy & Practice and JD from Penn Law. During this joint degree program, Irene served as an economic policy intern for the Center for American Progress, where she assisted with policy proposals relating to tax reform, the federal budget, labor markets, and economic mobility. She also served as a legal research intern with the Secretariat of the UN Women Executive Board, where she analyzed the human rights policies of member states and developed intelligence briefs in preparation for the new Strategic Plan of UN Women. On campus, Irene sat on the MSSP Governance Committee and served as Co-President of Penn Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Irene is currently an Associate Attorney at DLA Piper LLP in Silicon Valley. She focuses her practice in the area of international tax.
“My MSSP experience was truly interdisciplinary, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to attend a university that encourages the pursuit of knowledge. My studies focused on the intersection of international tax, law, business, and social policy, and I am confident that this interdisciplinary perspective has equipped me to address the many complex legal issues that arise in my practice.”