Richard Culatta Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island; former Director, US Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. Prior to joining the leadership team in Rhode Island, he served as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education where he focused on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Prior to joining the federal government, Culatta worked for Brigham Young University where he was instrumental in redesigning the teacher preparation program at the McKay School of Education. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration programs for faculty.