Mr. Culatta is a Rhode Island native who until recently served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Previously, he served as executive director of the department's education technology efforts. He has also spearheaded a number of technology and workplace collaboration initiatives at the Central Intelligence Agency.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Culatta is an employee of the RIC Foundation. This arrangement aligns the Innovation Office with the RIC Foundation and its corresponding 501-c-3 status, thereby allowing Mr. Culatta to fundraise on a regional and national level. It is important to note that the Innovation Office is responsible for raising the funds necessary to support its work and replenish the initial investment made by the RIC Foundation.
Last fall, when the state first conceived of the Innovation Office concept, Rhode Island College and the RIC Foundation pursued the opportunity to house the office on campus for the following reasons:
The Innovation Office represents an exciting opportunity that will benefit the RIC community and its home state. To stay updated on the office's progress, follow the Innovation Office on Facebook (www.facebook.com/InnovateRI) and Twitter (twitter.com/innovateRI).
Edwin R. Pacheco
Associate Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs
Rhode Island College Foundation