We believe that all colleges should provide all students with a direct path to a great career.

To that end, Podium partners with colleges and universities to deliver online programs that provide soft-skilled students the with the in-demand hard-skills that lead to great employment outcomes.

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Culture and Values

Our Culture & Values

  • Student outcomes are our north star
  • In life and work, run with purpose
  • Curiosity is a pre-req for innovation
  • The future is built with dirty hands
  • Shiny objects are for the birds

Our Team

Brooks Morgan

Brooks Morgan

Co-Founder & CEO

An entrepreneur at heart, Brooks has devoted his career to building companies that help people improve the trajectory of their lives. Brooks sold his first company, GetAccepted, to The Princeton Review, where he continued as the Chief Revenue Officer. Before this, Brooks held roles as COO of University and Venture Partner at Learn Capital. Now, through Podium, Brooks is bringing his considerable experience in education to helping students accelerate their careers through in-demand tech skills.

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Alex Ricken

Alex Ricken

Co-Founder & CPO

For ten years, Alex has focused on one thing: changing lives through access to education. At Arizona State University, he led the Global Freshman Academy, which gave open access to ASU undergraduate courses for credit. He transformed this program to Earned Admission, which further increased access to education by providing a new pathway into ASU for those who could prove it today. Living at the intersection of design, technology and learning science, Alex brings years of experience creating cutting-edge digital education products that truly push the boundaries of what’s possible.

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Chris Parrish

Chris Parrish

President, University Partnerships

Chris is an optimist who sees a bright future in higher education and is fiercely driven to deliver that future. After jobs in investment banking and consulting, Chris began his career in higher education as one of the first dozen employees at 2U, where he quickly stood out to become the Senior Vice President of University Partnerships. Chris brings deep experience in designing and launching data analytics programs with dozens of universities including UC Berkeley, Rice, and Pepperdine.

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Robert Alvarez

Robert Alvarez

Head of Data Science and Curriculum Chair, Analytics Programs

Robert is that rare mix of somebody who has profound real-world experience, but combines it with the heart of a true teacher. His students say he has a special knack for breaking down technical concepts to make them clear and understandable. Before joining Podium, he was an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. And during his time at Intel, he tackled issues in data center optimization, market sizing and forecasting, and improved data-driven decision making in a top five global supply chain. Robert also maintains a role as an Artificial Intelligence advisor at NASA’s Frontier Development Lab.

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Lauren Bauml

Lauren Bauml

VP of Partnership Success

A Mission-driven leader, Lauren Bauml is deeply committed to education. In her most recent leadership role with Flatiron School and Skills Fund, Lauren equipped thousands of adult learners with technical skills to help them grow their long-term professional opportunities. Before this, Lauren served as a defense acquisition policy and strategic marketing manager at Airbus, with a career spanning from Washington, D.C., to Munich, Paris, London, and Ottawa. At Podium, she leads our efforts in helping our partners succeed and grow.

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Landon Cotham

Landon Cotham

Program Advisor

Landon loves helping people learn, and as one of our Program Advisers, he gets to do just that, ensuring students have a smooth experience through the entire course. Landon helps our students with the enrollment process and supports them during the actual course, making sure every student is maximizing value. Before joining Podium, he spent three years as an English teacher in Spain, followed by four years as a student advisor for study abroad programs.

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Lauren Crider

Lauren Crider

Data Analytics Instructor

Lauren is a mathematician and Ph.D. candidate in the theoretical mathematics program at Arizona State University, where she also received her B.S. and M.A. degrees. In teaching at Arizona State, Lauren discovered that her favorite part of mathematics is teaching and working with students of all levels and from all backgrounds. She’s a passionate champion for women and girls, as well as other underrepresented minorities in mathematics and truly believes everyone can learn to enjoy mathematics.

Isaac Gomez

Isaac Gomez

VP of Technology

Isaac finds joy in discovering and building simple solutions to complex problems. With over fifteen years of education technology experience, Isaac continues to improve outcomes for students through technology. Prior to Podium Education, Isaac served as Chief Software Architect for Glynlyon where he led the transformation from a monolith to microservices in the cloud.

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Lara Kattan

Lara Kattan

Data Science Instructor

As one of our instructors, Lara is an integral part of our course experience. Prior to Podium, she taught a full-time data science bootcamp with a focus in Python at Metis. Before that she built risk models as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds a master’s from the University of Chicago, where she had the privilege of thinking about tough problems at the edge of econometrics.

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Moyo Oyelola

Moyo Oyelola

Creative Director

Moyo is a modern day renaissance man at the intersection of art and technology. From designing programs at the Carver Museum and Exhibit, to numerous roles as a creative director in various startups, Moyo brings a vast array of design experience to the Podium team.

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Shaina Pollak

Shaina Pollak

Director of Operations

Shaina is one of those rare people that has the ability to transform deep passion into meaningful action. And at Podium, she does just this; connecting people, systems, and processes that make our products a delight for students. Whether directing enrollment operations at Princeton Review, or working with young professionals at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Shaina has always focused her considerable talent toward endeavors that make a real difference in people’s lives.

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Marshall Puls

Marshall Puls

Director of Program Advising

Marshall has always demonstrated a passion for helping students succeed. Before Podium, he was an elementary school teacher and prior to that, an Enrollment Manager at The Princeton Review. At Podium, he ensures every student is supported throughout their journey.

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Mike Yi

Mike Yi

Curriculum Developer

Mike has a multidisciplinary background, covering mathematics, statistics, physics, cognitive science, machine learning, and data analysis. He is always eager to learn new and interesting things, and to put his knowledge together to solve problems and puzzles. At Podium, Mike plays an integral role in ensuring our curriculum is the best-in-class and engaging for the students.

Aled Owens

Aled Owens

Head of Partnerships

Aled has spent fifteen years helping universities grow and innovate their approach to student recruitment and curriculum development. He is passionate about developing ways for institutions to improve student access to new content, skills, and employment opportunities through technology. Originally from Wales, Aled was previously a Vice President at QS; establishing their presence in North America and leading key strategic initiatives on behalf of US and Canadian business schools around the world.

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Orly Bartour

Orly Bartour

Director of Learning Design

Orly is passionate about designing learning experiences that change lives. She completed her Ed.M in Technology, Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015, and worked with higher-ed institutions like the Harvard Teaching and Learning Center, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School to create online courses for a variety of purposes. She also led the design of curriculum at a global education startup, and built career-focused programs for a bootcamp.

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Paige Denzler

Paige Denzler

Paige loves learning about humans, and earned three undergraduate degrees in the process. In graduate studies, she merged her love of data with her interest in human behavior in order to study various biases. She hopes to teach her students to maximize the effectiveness of their data-based storytelling and how to avoid the biases of the brain when creating and consuming statistical analyses or visualizations.

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Maddie Hume

Maddie Hume

Program Advisor

Maddie is passionate about making education accessible and impactful for students of all backgrounds. Before joining Podium, she spent time studying and working in Chile, then transitioned back to the US where she managed study abroad programs in Latin America and advised students to become thoughtful global citizens. When not focused on helping students reach their full potential and home or abroad, you can find her spending time in nature, cooking, and traveling.

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Eric Mackintosh, PH.D.

Eric Mackintosh, PH.D.

Director of Product Delivery

A former US Peace Corps volunteer and university instructor, Eric is passionate about tertiary education, information and communication technology, and student outcomes assessment. Prior to joining Podium, Eric received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University, where he taught both upper- and lower-division courses. He also worked for eight years at ISA, an education abroad provider, first in the Academic Affairs department, and then as the Associate Vice President of Research and Data Analytics. As Podium’s Director of Product Delivery, Eric works closely with the curriculum, product, and operations teams – with the primary goal of providing students with applicable hard skills that allow them to start their careers and immediately contribute to an organization.

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Danielle Brager

Danielle Brager

Danielle enjoys teaching students, and loves witnessing students’ confidence grow as they learn. She is a mathematician with ten years of teaching experience. She recently earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University where she conducted research in Mathematical Biology and taught undergraduate mathematics courses. Before joining Podium and beginning her graduate studies, she taught high school Algebra in Texas.

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Andrew Way

Andrew Way

Andrew is a stage actor turned recruiter turned data scientist. His atypical career trajectory helps him approach analytics from a human-centered angle. Andrew received his Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University and his Data Science certification from Metis. Andrew is a strong advocate for creating pathways into data analytics for students from non-traditional backgrounds.

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Lauren Dickman

Lauren Dickman

Lauren loves finding ways to help students have their own individual “light bulb” moments. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University, where she was able to dig into the world of mathematical oncology. In her time at ASU, Lauren taught a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses and found a passion for helping students recognize their ability to succeed.

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