Lauren Cozzi, 202-973-7114, lcozzi@ucp.org
Alicia Kubert Smith, 202-973-7168, akubertsmith@ucp.org


Irlandez to launch Life Labs, Strengthen Life Without Limits Initiative

Washington, DC (December 16, 2011) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), an international service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, has appointed Marc Irlandez, a technologist with more than a decade’s long track-record of successfully producing innovative technology solutions for complex problems, as its new Director of Technology. Irlandez starts with UCP on December 21, 2011.

Irlandez has served in District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer since 2008, during which he held positions as head of OCTO Labs and Director of Research and Development. During his tenure, he was accountable for initiatives supporting innovation with new technologies within all DC government agencies. At UCP, he will lead a team implementing Life Labs, UCP’s Research and Development Program designed to harness technology to create innovative solutions for people with disabilities, and will implement a technology plan to serve UCP’s 84 affiliates while helping to implement technology solutions for UCP’s public education and outreach and Life Without Limits initiatives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Marc to the UCP family at this important time in the organization’s history,” said Stephen Bennett, former President and Chief Executive Officer of UCP. “Marc brings a wealth of experience in using technology to help people connect with one another, which is core to the mission of UCP.”

Prior to serving in city government, Irlandez was a Senior Developer with Zenoss, an Annapolis, Md.-based technology firm; a Consulting Engineer with Opsware/HP in New York City; and a Computer Scientist and Project Leader at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He has also head technology leadership positions at AOL/Time Warner, wellspent.org, the Economist Magazine/CFO.com, Learning In Progress, the Sapient Corporation and Magnet Interactive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The George Washington University.

“I am excited to join UCP and to be entrusted with its technology vision,” Irlandez said. “I believe in UCP’s mission and that Life Labs will become a model of how technology can transform lives in meaningful ways.”

About United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.