Our Mission

We’re building a new model for opportunity in America.

Job seekers today face an incredibly challenging environment at the entry level, applying for positions at hundreds of employers, yet facing continual rejection without knowing why they are unqualified.

In 2011, our team embarked on a learning journey in America’s unemployment lines and in the offices of national employers. We concluded that job seekers often lack the skills employers are looking for but don't know what they need. The skills gap is an information gap, and LearnUp set out to solve it.


Alexis Ringwald

Chairman & Co-Founder

Alexis is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and on Forbes "30 Under 30" and Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Tech." Prior to LearnUp, Alexis co-founded Valence Energy, which was acquired by Serious Energy in 2010.

Alexis lived in India for three years as a Fulbright Scholar. While there, she co-directed a Climate Solutions Road Tour driving 2,400 miles across India in solar plug-in electric cars. She completed her BA/MEM from Yale, and speaks French, German, Spanish and basic Hindi.

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Moti Rafalin

President & CEO

Moti is a software executive and entrepreneur with almost 20 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before joining LearnUp, Moti founded and led WatchDox since its inception until its acquisition by BlackBerry, growing the company to 100 employees and 300 enterprise customers, establishing WatchDox as a leader in the secure enterprise mobility and collaboration space.

Before co-founding WatchDox, Moti was the General Manager of the Application Management Business at EMC. He led the acquisition of nLayers, which established the business unit, and transformed nLayers into a profitable business. Prior to running that business, Moti was the Head of Operations for the Resource Management Software Group, EMC’s $600m Systems Management division.

Moti speaks Hebrew and Spanish and lives with his wife, 3 kids and their dog in Palo Alto. He graduated (Summa Cum Laude) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, with a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Kenny Ma

CTO & Co-Founder

Kenny Ma is an entrepreneur and software engineer with deep knowledge in building social consumer internet products. Prior to LearnUp, Kenny led the development of IGN Entertainment's social platform, iOS and Android applications.

Kenny's passion for education started in high school when he built his first web application to let high school students help each other with Math problems. He also started his first technology company at the age of 17 to create an online portal for the Vietnamese American community in the US. Kenny received his BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the UC Irvine.

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Dave Haskell

SVP Field Operations

Dave brings to LearnUp almost 20 years of sales and leadership experience in the human capital management and information technology industries. Prior to LearnUp he led enterprise sales teams at SuccessFactors and Globoforce where his teams drove record growth and client satisfaction results.

Prior to SuccessFactors, Dave was part of the founding sales teams at both Workscape (now ADP), and Edify Corporation. Dave earned an MBA from the UC Davis, and a BS in Business Administration from the USC. Dave lives with his wife and two children in Northern California.

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Hyun Lee

VP of Product

Hyun is a product leader with over 15 years of experience in building innovative products in various industries. Before joining LearnUp, Hyun was at TenMarks Education where he defined a new product vision for K-12 school administrators and led efforts to improve the product development process.

Before TenMarks, Hyun spent over 7 years at Elance, redefining the future of work for freelancers around the world by leading various initiatives within the product organization. Hyun is fluent in Korean and lives with his wife and son in San Carlos. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.

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Scott Taylor

Hacker / Dishwasher

Scott is a founding software engineer with a passion for alternative education. He holds his BA in Classics from St. John's College. He is a well known and prolific open source hacker who contributes to and runs several large open source projects.


Andrew Pariser

Director of Engineering

Andrew is thrilled to help people get jobs. He travels at any opportunity, and visited all 50 of the United States before age 30. Andrew has an MS (and very nearly a Ph.D.) in Computational Mathematics from Stanford.


Carey Wong

Director of Client Success

Carey heads the Client Success organization at LearnUp. Carey graduated magna cum laude from UCSD and received her master’s degree with distinction from the London School of Economics.


Becky Chapman

Customer Support Manager

Becky is passionate about Customer Support at LearnUp. She loves to help employers hire great, pre-trained candidates. Prior to LearnUp, she worked for AT&T to help recruit and retain employees. Becky holds a master's degree in Administration.


Anna Killgore

Head of Business Development

Anna helps LearnUp form partnerships with America's most innovative employers. Before joining LearnUp, she worked with architects to compete for new projects around the world, at global design firms SOM, Perkins+Will, and Gensler. Anna graduated from Rice.


Breea Laugalis

Customer Support Manager

Breea loves to help people get hired! She has her BA in Art History from Sonoma State University, has lived in DC, New York, Georgia, San Francisco, and Australia, and is frequently found at the local coffee shop.


J.T. Katavich

Lead Instructional Designer

J.T. leads Instructional Design at LearnUp. He believes that learning should be fun and is passionate about creating compelling, practical educational experiences for job seekers. J.T holds a Masters in EdTech from San Diego State University.


Meghan Murphy

Business Development Manager

Meghan is passionate about social innovation, design, and sustainability. Before LearnUp, she worked in biomedical device product development, and in alternative energy at an aerospace firm. Meghan earned a B.S. in Engineering from USC and studied abroad in Cape Town.


Greg Costigan

Director of Field Operations

The job market is changing! Greg works directly with large employers to keep their staffing plans ahead of the curve. Before LearnUp, Greg worked with other successful start-ups: Box.com, Zuora, Zenefits. He has an MBA from the Manchester Business School.


Megan Barrie

Business Development Manager

Megan brings her passion for people and building relationships to LearnUp's BDM team. She credits her study abroad in Nepal and Tanzania for steering her toward high impact socially good companies. She loves uniting people, preferably around good food!


Megan Browning

Instructional Designer

Megan loves developing learning materials to simplify and improve the job seeking experience. She is pursuing an MS from Boise State in Workplace Learning. She seeks time spent outdoors and travels to new countries as great learning experiences.


Jenny Mullins

Product Designer

Jenny leads product design at LearnUp. She believes in the power of design to create great experiences that empower people to succeed. Jenny holds a BFA from UT Austin and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives with her cat, dog and husband in rural Berkeley.


Adam Olsen

Senior Software Engineer

Adam is a startup veteran who loves helping small teams succeed. He brings a passion for building tools that improve peoples lives and is comfortable working in multiple capacities to move a project forward. He enjoys SCUBA diving whenever possible!


Ben Greenberg

Super Senior Software Engineer

Ben dropped out of college 5 years ago and has been working in tech startups ever since. Prior to LearnUp he worked as a software engineer at Lyft. Ben’s hobbies include Jiu Jitsu and LEDs, which he sells to the world via GlowyShit.com.


Elyse Koglmeier

Client Success Manager

Elyse is at her happiest when connecting people to opportunities and empowering communities. Prior to LearnUp she created educational resources in the creative sector including art museums, community programing, and online education. She went to Middlebury College (BA) and Brown University (MA).


Chris Millsaps

Director of Field Operations

Chris brings 11 years of experience helping large organizations acquire talent. He embraces the LearnUp mission, and it's value for employers and candidates. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, and daughter (soon to be two daughters!), playing sports, and serving his church and community in Atlanta, GA.


Paul Zaich

Software Engineer

Paul brings 5 years of experience utilizing technology to bridge the skills gap. Prior to LearnUp, Paul co-founded WorkHands, a professional network for skilled trades workers. Paul holds a BA from Stanford University.


Daniel Koches

Client Success Manager

Daniel is passionate about helping companies revolutionize the way they run and grow their business by using technology. He earned his degree from UC Santa Barbara and was previously a founding member of the implementation team at HR startup, Zenefits.


Henry Li

Software Engineer

Henry loves programming and software development. Prior to LearnUp, Henry was getting his Petroleum Engineering Master's at UT Austin when he discovered programming. Henry is an aviation enthusiast and is pursuing his pilot license.


Hamid Ali

Business Development Manager

From being the eldest of three siblings to living as an RA at Duke, giving others the tools needed to succeed has been Hamid’s calling in life. The modern tools to success have arrived in the form of online learning platforms transforming and improving lives. When he’s not transforming, Hamid is playing board games and watching sports.


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