Robert Arena leads the development and delivery of CTY's Online Programs. He is an online education executive with experience in both course development and program marketing.
Before joining CTY, Arena served as executive director of product development at Connections Education, where he was responsible for overseeing more than 100 staff members involved in courseware, training, and multimedia development for K-12 online courses. Prior to joining Connections Education, he was vice president of interactive at the Baltimore marketing firm Carton Donofrio Partners, where he directed digital advertising and IT infrastructure. For almost a decade before this, Arena was responsible for bringing pioneering internet tools and strategies to several high-profile political campaigns. Arena received his bachelor's in economics from Johns Hopkins University, where he got his first exposure to the positive impact of CTY from fellow students who had attended Summer Programs. He earned his Master of Education from Boston College with a focus on global perspectives in teaching, curriculum and learning environments.