Irina Jesionowski is a Certified Russian Court Interpreter and a contract simultaneous interpreter with the U.S. Department of State.  Ms. Jesionowski has served as a conference and court interpreter, as well as translator in the U.S. since 2001.  She also oversees interpreter education and performance evaluation programs. From 2008 to 2011, Irina had served as a Senior Curriculum Designer and Content Developer at Interpreter Education Online.

Originally from Russia, Irina holds M.A. in History, Sociology, and Linguistics from Volgograd State University. She earned Certificates in Legal Translation from the University of Chicago, in Conference Interpreting  from the Cambridge (U.K.) Conference Interpretation Course, and in Healthcare Interpretation from the University of Massachusetts.

In the course of her professional practice in the United States, she worked with hundreds of international visitors, provided thousands of interpretation hours, and translated hundreds of thousands of documents both from and into English.

Among her clients are

  • United States Department of State
  • United States-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission
  • Partnership for Peace
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Chrysler, Ford, GM, DOW Chemical, Owens Corning


Areas of Expertise

Law Government affairs
International relations Business and entrepreneurship
Education Culture and humanities
Health care Renewable energy
Environment Marketing




Publications and Presentations

  • AIIC Professional Standards: Michigan Translators and Interpreters Network, 2016
  • Interpreting American Political Rhetoric: Hot Pursuit of Happiness: American Translators Association (ATA), 2014 
  • Working with Interpreters as Your Team Members: Global Ties USA, 2014 
  • Mental Gymnastics for Interpreters: Michigan Translators and Interpreters Network, 2013 
  • Workshop on Simultaneous Interpretation: National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), 2012 
  • Conference Interpreting: ATA, 2012 
  • Coping with Challenges of Simultaneous Interpretation into Russian in Courtroom Settings: ATA, 2011
  • Interpreter Education Online: Advantages, Challenges, and Perspectives: ATA, 2011 
  • Trends in Court Interpreter Training: Multilingual Magazine, 2010
  • Becoming an Interpreter: ProZ Virtual Conference, 2010
  • Courtroom Russian: from Legalese to Ruglish: NAJIT, 2010 
  • Interpreting Motion Hearings: California Federation of Interpreters, 2010


Professional Affiliations