Vice President, Information Technology, FIRST
Mark Greenlaw joined FIRST in 2014 as the Vice President of Information Technology. Over the course of his 30 year career in the information technology industry, he has held leadership roles in IT, sustainability, and STEM education. He is responsible for setting and executing an information technology strategy that will enable FIRST to increase its impact with students, Mentors, and other stakeholders, while improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to joining FIRST, Greenlaw was a Vice President at Cognizant, a Fortune 500 information technology services provider. He was Cognizant’s Chief Information Officer until 2010 and led the implementation of systems and processes that enabled the firm’s 10-fold growth. He then launched Cognizant’s STEM education, sustainability, and U.S. campus recruiting initiatives. He created the company’s Making the Future program, themed on the Maker Movement, which seeks to inspire young learners in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines through fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Prior to Cognizant, he held IT leadership positions at Canaccord Genuity, Oracle, Nervewire, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He started his career with AT&T after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from the Pennsylvania State University.
Greenlaw is dedicated to the idea that inspiring young people in STEM education can help close the nation’s achievement and opportunity gap. He sits on Citizen’s Schools National STEM Advisory Council and Massachusetts State Board of Advisors, and has volunteered as a Citizen Teacher of STEM apprenticeships to sixth grade students at an urban Boston public school. Greenlaw is also a founding board member of the Maker Education Initiative (MakerEd), a non-profit whose mission is to create more opportunities for young people to foster creativity and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.