Rhode Island taps former US official as innovation chief

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A former technology director at the U.S. Department of Education is returning home to Rhode Island to become the state’s first chief innovation officer.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Monday she hired Richard Culatta to improve government services, increase government transparency and use data to solve problems.

Culatta most recently worked as a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan before both stepped down last month. He also was executive director of the department’s education technology efforts.

Culatta will be leading a new Rhode Island Office of Innovation that will be based at the campus of Rhode Island College and supported by the Rhode Island College Foundation.

The Rhode Island native begins next week and will make an annual salary of $210,000.

        

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