Christina Ibanez

Design Ops + Research

Design opts lead and researcher energized by guiding cross-function teams to solve complex problems with solutions that center user’s needs and promote sustained product engagement.

Focused on aligning UX effort with business strategy and goals.

Passionate about the question “why?” and delving deeply into the human experience.

Committed to a career in building equal access to civic services.


Design Program Manager

Spectrum Reach | August 2019 - Current  | Denver, CO

  • Responsible for managing design operations and planning, coordinating, and delivering on human-centered design projects for 5 business-to-business products and 1 business-to-consumer product in an Agile environment operating on 3 cadences. Managing daily stand-ups, grooming, retros, sprints, and quarterly program increment planning rituals. Building team awareness and habits in Lean UX practices.

  • Improved overall process by implementing a Dual-Track Agile process (SAFe) in a complex ecosystem to account for UX research in 2-week design sprints that resulted in a more user-centered, data informed product lifecycle culture and increased support for UX research amongst executive stakeholders. Strategic decision-making supported with user research resulted in 30 million dollars of increased revenue.

  • Champions Dual-Track in multi-stakeholder planning meetings driving commitments and setting and communicating expectations to business stakeholder and development partners. Develop roadmaps that align research with business strategies and goals, and stakeholders with UX vision.

  • Representing the voice of the customer in close collaboration with development, deployment, and intake teams to bridge gaps between design direction, technical limitations, budget constraints, and business demands in the creation of product roadmaps.

  • Creating and administering surveys and conducting stakeholder interviews in accordance with the user-centered design process. Translating data into actionable insights and working closely with designers to ensure designs are data informed. Design leadership has led to increased SUS scores across applications by an average of 10%.

  • Design UXR readout documents to ensure consistency and clarity of all research coming from the team, leading a better understand among stakeholders of the value and purpose of UX research.

  • Developed a pointing system to measure team velocity, communicate capacity, and allocate resources. Increased team output by 20% by identifying opportunities to streamline inefficiencies, prioritize and reprioritized with changing commitments.



MediaWorks Inc. | January 2019 - July 2019  | Denver, CO

  • Identifies business opportunities through referrals, networking, and cold calling.

  • Sold $30,000 web development and digital marketing services in first 4 months.

  • Evangelized UX tools and methodologies across the organization.

  • Managed for client relationships and advocates for client needs.


General Assembly | February 2019 - April 2019  | Denver, CO

  • Over 40 hours of course work and hands on experience, developed proficiency in user research methods, experience design and iterative, design process,.

  • Designed mobile Noomus, an account reporting tool for higher education professionals, using learned methodologies. 


Uni. of Denver | June 2018 - January 2019 | Denver, CO / Dharamsala, India 

  • Coordinated all pre-departure travel logistics for 14 students including visa applications, cultural awareness, financial questions and travel overview.

  • Managed program assessment research strategy and lead group of student researchers.

  • Conducted over 20 hours of interviews with ED’s of partner organizations to uncover history and experiences.

  • Created report recommending program design to bolster sustainability and relational equity.

  • Managed all in-country relations (vendor, program affiliates, fixers).


Women's Regional Network | August 2017 - August 2018 | Remote

  • Managed a remote team in South Asia to publish communication materials include Quarterly and Annual Reports, social media posts, a blog, grant reports and conference materials. 

  • Designed and managed strategic editorial campaigns to engage targeted audiences and exceeded set goals for online engagements including comments, retweets, downloads, etc.


Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative | June 2016 - August 2017 | Denver, CO

  • Conducted empirical research measuring women’s participation in mass non-violent movement internationally. Analyzed findings and created findings report for the Institute to support its mission in elevating the work of women-identified activists.

  • Facilitated workshop session with 16 international women activists and conceptualized a knowledge base on strategies and tactics based on participant experiences on non-violent activism.



  • Agile

  • Lean UX

  • Project management

  • UX Process improvement

  • Stakeholder management

  • Project prioritization

  • Task management

  • Workshop facilitation


  • Qualitative Research

  • Task analysis

  • Survey Design

  • Usability test facilitation

  • Data synthesis

  • Findings presentation

  • Flow charts

  • Personas


  • Product roadmapping

  • User-center design process

  • Aligning business strategy with UX practice

  • Stakeholder interviews

  • ​Jira

  • Miro

  • Confluence

  • Trello

  • Zepline

  • Snagit

  • SurveyMonkey

  • MailChimp

  • Optimal Workshop

  • HubSpot





Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


Florida International University ​

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