Vice President, Strategy and Impact
As Vice President of Strategy and Impact at FIRST, Mark Greenlaw is responsible for defining strategies that will enable FIRST to increase program access, participation and impact. Greenlaw, who is a leader in creating innovative hands-on project-based STEM learning opportunities, is dedicated to the idea that inspiring young people in STEM can develop the innovators of tomorrow, equipped to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, while simultaneously helping to close the nation’s achievement and opportunity gap.
Over the course of his 30 year career in the technology industry, Greenlaw has held leadership roles in information technology, sustainability, and STEM education. Prior to joining FIRST in 2014, he was a Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cognizant, a Fortune 500 information technology services provider, where he led the implementation of systems and processes that enabled the firm’s tenfold growth. Greenlaw launched Cognizant’s STEM education, sustainability, and U.S. campus recruiting initiatives, and championed the idea that access to education is the fundamental sustainability issue of our time. Additionally, 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.
Greenlaw represents FIRST on STEMConnector’s STEM Innovation Task Force, is a member of Citizen’s Schools National STEM Advisory Council, and is 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. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from Pennsylvania State University and is a voracious life-long learner, constantly exploring topics in education, society, psychology, behavioral economics, business, and technology. Greenlaw is an avid cyclist, maker, cook, podcast junkie, and deeply committed to environmental sustainability.