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Jean Leitner Cabrera


Previous positions

  • Senior Web Designer at Websense
  • Creative Lead, Web Solutions at Lightport, Inc.


Sonoma State University, Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies/Graphics





Offering you and your team a diverse set of UX web application design skills ranging from user research, assessment and competitive analysis to everything from low-fidelity sketching, wireframing and test click-throughs to high-fidelity visual design mock-ups, composition and HTML functional prototypes. I participate and organize any kind of user testing tools I can get my hands on! I am based out of my Pacific Beach, San Diego office. I work remotely and on-site with design teams. A long list of happy clients from large corporate to small firms include Intuit, Sony, Teradata, Proquest, Global Analytics, Modern Postcard, Arrowhead Insurance and more. More info? User-centered design methodology: 1. Carefully analyze all business requirements and user test results. 2. Collaborate as a team and with all stakeholders. 3. Create solutions and strategies that are clear and simple to understand. 4. Facilitate constant communication with both the customer and the business. 5. Be agile. Update early and often. 6. Deliver a clear set of specifications for engineering. 7. Capture all user behavior. 8. Repeat until the user is successful! Specialties and tools used: user experience design, user interaction design, website architecture, wireframe production, web sitemap production, website flow diagram production, rapid prototyping, agile development, competitive analysis, web usability, user research, user testing, requirements defintion, mock-ups, comps/composition, graphics, photoshop, illustrator, indesign, balsamiq, axure, visio, html, dreamweaver, windows, ios, mobile



  • Sonoma State University

    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies/Graphics

    1989 – 1993

    Activities and Societies

    Graphic Design Alliance, Geography/Cartography, Drafting Club, Sailing Team, SSU Preserve Docent, Forests Forever activist

  • Santa Rosa Junior College

    Extended Certification, Graphic Design and Web Development

    Activities and Societies



  • Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, Inc

    March 2015 – December 2015

    With an uber-talented and enthusiastic creative marketing team, I help get online design initiatives started with my UX toolbox. From analyzing requirements through building wireframes and everything in between.

    Team Members (4):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Christina Kettler,
    • Duane C. Williams,
    • Kelly Morell
  • ProQuest

    May 2014 – June 2015

    Task: Specify and design product enhancements and develop design solutions for new product features Success: Utilizing direct customer service feedback, re-designed tasks are tested faster and more delightful

    Team Members (2):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Bradley Konkol
  • Global Analytics, Lending Stream

    June 2013 – October 2013

    Task: Assess and redesign application flow, home page and account management web user experience Success: Updated flow and form elements, drastically improved robust loan application flow

    Team Members (4):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Michelle Makowski,
    • Kim McNealy,
    • Matthew Parry
  • DonorNation

    May 2012 – May 2013

    Task: Redesign and launch beta site fundraising platform. Success: User registration increased by about 50% since redesign, conversion TBD. Very exciting new start-up!

    Team Members (4):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Doug Brewer,
    • Mehrab Momin,
    • Naveed Lalani
  • Intuit Turbo Tax

    August 2011 – January 2012

    Task: Complete Interaction Design improvements for the 2012 TurboTax product release • Developed “Quick Tour” video for TurboTax Online new users • Participated in regular usability lab sessions before finalizing all design updates Success: Live results TBD, but updates will reach 2,000+ new users with a goal of converted revenue.

    Team Members (1):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera
  • Sony

    September 2010 – May 2011

    Task: Updated and redesigned current SonyStyle e-commerce architecture and functional wireframes • Operated independently with Sony team to develop library of wireframes • Designed a video player page framework for product tours • Integrated multiple social media ideas into existing framework Success: Users will test a more holistic approach to current e-commerce path, improving conversion

    Team Members (2):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Sharon Carmichael
  • Teradata

    December 2009 – September 2010

    Task: Prepared IA specification and wireframes for Teradata web-based applications Success: Improved product portlet add-on projected to increase core product sales

    Team Members (2):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera
  • LabArchives, LLC

    January 2015

    Here, I worked with marketing and application business owners to modernize and simplify their current application and web presence overall.

    Team Members (1):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera
  • Optum360, United Health Care

    March 2016 – September 2016

    Hospitals use “coding” operations for greater accuracy, efficient workflow and increased productivity. I joined the United Health Care User Experience group to assess and improve the medical coders’ experience in this very complex hospital billing product. The project encompassed more than just designing the product, but rather the ongoing task of socializing user advocacy principles and design best practices with the product and development teams. Our product objectives were the following: – Increase productivity and usefulness by reducing the amount of time it takes for staff to close and bill. – Improve clinical documentation for an improved audit trail. – Build in more accuracy and accountability into the workflow. While on this project, I was invited to join agile development training, learning new tricks and applications of scrum and agile methodology. I practiced them with a very talented group of people. Our big win was our UX presence and integration within a huge multi-discipline enterprise. This success eventually resulted in converting the legacy desktop application into a web-based service with UX Agile methods included every step of the way. I lead and built all UX design within the enterprise process.

    Team Members (2):
    • Jean Leitner Cabrera,
    • Jen Shaffer

Skills & Expertise

  • Mobile Devices
  • Flash
  • Information Architecture
  • Wireframes
  • E-commerce
  • User Experience Design
  • User-centered Design
  • User Interface
  • Interaction Design
  • Web Applications
  • Usability Testing
  • Photoshop
  • Usability
  • PHP
  • Dreamweaver
  • Visual Design
  • Digital Media
  • HTML
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design
  • Agile Methodologies
  • User Experience
  • Email Marketing

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Environmental Education Docent

    SSU/Fairfield Osborn Outdoor Education Preserve

    1992 – 1995Education

    Once a month, I lead and mentored various groups on hikes promoting education of native Sonoma County parkland.

  • Lead Docent

    Alaska State Parks


    During one of the most amazing summers of my life in Homer, AK, I, with one other colleague, designed, publicized and taught an outdoor education curriculum. Our work was adopted by future interns for use in the Alaska State Parks outdoor education program.

Causes Jean cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Science and Technology
  • Health