Ira Sockowitz is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Learning Games Studios (“LGS”), which develops and markets mobile learning solutions for adult education and career pathways, including the Xenos Isle platform. Ira manages all day-to-day operations of the company and directs efforts on developing markets, partnerships and licensing opportunities for LGS. Prior to LGS, Ira was the Executive Director of the Learning Games Network, founded by thought leaders in the field from MIT, that conducted research on how to join compelling game-based experiences with strong instructional design and the learning sciences with funding from top government and philanthropic sources.
For a decade prior, Ira was the Project Director of three different edtech awards from the U.S. Department of Education, with a combined total of $135 million of funding. Among the products developed was WordWorld, a three-time Emmy award winning children’s literacy TV show. He was also a consultant to New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation, the Southern Region Education Board, and several education nonprofits.
Before entering the private sector, Ira served in a number of senior-level government posts as an attorney and policy advisor and has nearly two decades of experience relating to education, employment and economic development. He authored and negotiated the passage of the $1 billion legislation to bring Major League Baseball back to D.C. and revitalize the Southeast waterfront. During the Clinton administration, he served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, as Senior Advisor for the Small Business Administration, and as an advisor in the Employment and Training Administration (Labor)and the joint Labor-Education “School To Work” program. Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Sockowitz presided over both trial and appellate proceedings as an Administrative Law Judge. He began his career in state and local government, serving as a legislative staffer and lobbyist in the State legislature before becoming Legislative Counsel for New York City’s Office of Management and budget.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Sockowitz received his JurisDoctorate from Union University’s Albany Law School and his Bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He was studying for a Masters of Public Administration when he accepted a Presidential appointment in 1993.