Senior Manager, Academic Content Strategy, Microsoft Learning
As the Senior Manager of Academic Content Strategy for Microsoft Learning, Gene will be overseeing Global offerings for Microsoft with their IT Academy, their partnership with Wiley Publishing on the Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum (MOAC), and their Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) program for both Academic and Commercial customers. His responsibilities include aligning offers to the education market segment, ensuring the company is providing pathways to Microsoft Certifications, and developing a localization strategy for Microsoft’s Global markets. As part of this effort he will be establishing customer councils and feedback mechanisms to ensure the customer’s requirements are at the core of what we produce for the Academic market.
Gene Longo has worked in Educational Technology for nearly three decades and was at Cisco for 14 years working in the Education Market. He was a part of Cisco’s Global Education Innovation Team. He helped shape a 21st Century Learning engagement for Cisco in the nation’s largest school system, NYC Public Schools, driving an agenda around innovation and transformation. He also managed Cisco’s Networking Academy Program in North America for 10 years for both K-12 and Higher Education.
Prior to Cisco, he spent eleven years at Apple Computer working in K-12 Education and Consumer Learning where he drove partnerships with PBS, National Geographic, Disney, and Scholastic. He has worked for the Caliber Learning Network, a distance learning venture with Sylvan Learning and MCI.
Gene is a past member of the Software Publishers Association Consumer section board. He was a board member for Communities in Schools of Maryland from 2000-02 and a advisory board member for two National Science Foundation programs with National Center for Telecommunications Technologies at Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts and CREATE in the central valley of California. Gene is actively engaged with fundraising for the Appalachian Community Fund and has served as the Chair of their annual event in New York City.
Gene is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a BA in Communications.