Since 1996, Ira Gluck has operated as a strategic organizational change agent and entrepreneur, focused on leveraging the capabilities of technology to optimize an organization's performance, whether online marketing, product incubation/development, or applications to drive: revenue generation, brand awareness, operational improvement, and/or customer relationship management initiatives.
Ira was the Chief Customer Officer and Strategic Partnerships for PRIVO, an organization focused on protecting the privacy of children online. In this capacity, Ira was ultimately responsible for understanding the needs of every customer leveraging the services of PRIVO and making sure they had a positive customer experience. Ira joined PRIVO after three years working at The College Board, where he spent the past three years as an Executive Director of Product Development and Assessment Operations Strategy. In these roles, Ira focused on establishing a new product development team within the College Board, leveraging Lean Product development practices to help bring new products and services to the marketplace, as well as leading the effort to test opportunities to leverage technology to transform the SAT administration process.
Prior to arriving at The College Board, Ira spent two years leading a strategic effort for AARP, helping to drive the integration of digital products and services into the daily interaction with members nationwide on social initiatives. Prior to AARP, Ira work for years in an executive capacity within the telecom sector to transform XO and Concert’s ordering, fulfillment, and customer service management into a web-centric operation, leveraging technology to automate the lead to cash life-cycle.
Ira is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, and also earned a Masters in Information systems from The George Washington University. He resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife and three children. When not spending time working or with his family, you can find him on the hardwood coaching youth basketball or out running or cycling.
Rob Layton is a product and technology leader with more than 15 years of experience leading startups and transforming mature organizations. He possesses expertise in product and application development, strategic analysis and planning, and IT infrastructure and governance. Rob thrives in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments by utilizing Lean Startup and product development principles and Agile methods.
Rob was Chief Technology Officer (Interim) at PRIVO where he was responsible for product development and engineering in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grant from NIST. He had worked previously with the College Board to bring Lean product development and Scrum to Digital Solutions. Rob led the team in developing a new online instruction and assessment platform, and the research platform to collect data for building a blended scoring model. He also worked with the College Board to assist in establishing a new division - Information Strategy and Data Management (ISDM) - and lead the current state analysis of data and information assets and roadmap planning, including the definition of the technical ecosystem and project portfolio.
Prior to the College Board, Rob served as Senior Vice President at newBrandAnalytics (nBA) where he was responsible for IT infrastructure, operations, and product management of data acquisition, mining, and processing. He also served as COO and CIO at Campus Partners and Vice President at The Evans Consulting Group.
Rob's passion for education and technology can be seen not only in his work but in the various volunteer work he has done, ranging from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities to P20W Education Standards Council (PESC) to the Sheridan School. When he's not working, Rob can be found with his family or on a soccer field, and often times both.
As a lead engineer at GMAC Insurance, Matthew designed and constructed enterprise services as GMACi migrated to a Service-Oriented Architecture, ultimately becoming the leader of that team. While working as Enterprise Architect at the education technology company Campus Partners, Matthew led a team of enterprise architects modernizing almost every information technology system including unified communications, infrastructure, business intelligence, distributed applications, and middleware. Recently Matthew participated in the architectural design and construction of a new online instruction and assessment platform for the College Board providing a digital classroom for AP students.
Matthew's love of technology extends beyond the workplace. He is the author of the book Lean Application Engineering featuring Backbone.Marionette.js and the Spring Framework, providing a "code with me" experience for software engineers. Matthew manages LeanStacks.com, showcasing his open source technology projects, and the LeanStacks YouTube channel where he publishes technology education videos.