As Executive Director of EXPLO Elevate, Mark is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the organization, building and leading our amazing team of Elevators, engaging with leaders at our member schools, recruiting new member schools, and building our processes and systems.
A strategic leader committed to the idea that improving the world starts with our youth, Mark brings to EXPLO Elevate over 30 years of business, technology, and education experience. Prior to joining EXPLO in 2019, Mark served as Vice President of Strategy and Impact at FIRST, a nonprofit that provides hands-on robotics programs to nearly 600,000 students from over 100 countries, where he was responsible for defining strategies to increase program access, participation, and impact. He led FIRST’s schools initiative, which enabled schools and districts to bring FIRST robotics programs into the school day by providing curriculum, teacher professional development, and support structures.
Prior to FIRST, Mark held positions as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Sustainability & Education Affairs at Cognizant, a global provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services. He launched Cognizant’s Making the Future program, themed on the Maker Movement, and designed to inspire STEM interest and creativity through fun, hands-on, project-based learning opportunities.
Mark was a co-founder of the nonprofit Maker Education Initiative — whose mission is to harness the power of making to transform teaching and learning — and continues to serve on MakerEd’s board. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.