Ira is an associate professor of computer science and game design at Hampshire College. Prior to Hampshire, he co-founded the undergraduate game design and development program at Quinnipiac University. He is also the CEO of Fay Games, a game development studio focused on games for educational impact. Before becoming a professor, Ira was a game designer and producer at EA (Electronic Arts), Activison, and Disney.
He was a contributing designer to three Agricola expansions (Gamers' Deck, World Championship Deck, and Pi Deck). He designed the two player abstract strategy game Ouroboros, and co-designed Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star with Cody Miller, with a particular focus on the solo gameplay in that expansion. He also designed the mini-expansion Xia: Missions and Powers.