FIRST President Larry Cohen has decided to retire early so that he can spend more time with his family. Larry joined FIRST in December, 2019, after a distinguished 30+ year career leading information technology and operations efforts at AllianceBernstein, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Goldman Sachs.
Our thanks to Larry for his successful leadership during a very difficult time, with the pandemic restricting most after-school activities and challenging organizational missions, impacts and finances.
We are pleased to appoint Chris Rake as Interim President, effective March 29. Chris is the Vice President of Programs for FIRST and leads the largest organization within FIRST. Chris has demonstrated outstanding technology and operational leadership skills. Chris is a true FIRST enthusiast and, as a volunteer, mentors several FIRST teams.