Deena Levine, Principal

Deena Levine, Principal Deena Levine, Principal of DL&A, began her cross-cultural career at San Diego State University (SDSU), designing curriculum for and teaching students from all over the world. After four years at SDSU, she recognized an opportunity to bring cross-cultural knowledge to the workplace, and transitioned to a training career in both the public and private sectors. She joined the Intercultural Relations Institute (IRI), formerly at Stanford University, and now under the auspices of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland Oregon. The IRI team created a new genre of training in the 1990s, addressing the needs of the multicultural workforce in Silicon Valley. Since then, and as principal of DL&A, Deena has designed, conducted and managed consulting and training projects with consultants worldwide.

Deena co-authored Beyond Language, 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 1995) and Multicultural Law Enforcement Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society, 5th edition (Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2011); the latter is considered a seminal text for multicultural awareness in law enforcement and criminal justice. She has written customized articles for clients on numerous topics, such as cross-cultural values and implications for the workplace, assertiveness for global professionals, and challenges of offshore-onshore communication. Deena's graduate training is in applied linguistics and organizational psychology.

Her volunteer work also reflects her interest in global affairs. For several years, Deena headed a major community initiative for the resettlement of immigrants. She was later involved in community fundraising for Afghan, Bosnian, Russian and Latin American immigrants and refugees. She currently volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping with refugee resettlement.