ISTE names former Education Department official Richard Culatta as CEO


The International Society for Technology in Education has landed former Education Department edtech official Richard Culatta as its new CEO.

Culatta announced his resignation as Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer Tuesday, but he’ll stay on through May 1 before taking the job at ISTE in Washington, D.C. He told Jason Shueh of StateScoop that he’s most proud of the work his Rhode Island team has done in making innovation a part of routine state government culture.

His signature Rhode Island initiatives included plans to begin developing and testing a state 5G wireless network, launching a program for free textbooks, working to increase computer science opportunities in schools and raising $1.5 million for the Governor’s Innovation Office.

Culatta is former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the Department of Education and has worked in education for his entire career. He said in an ISTE news release that as CEO, he wants to increase the value of ISTE membership and highlight “the importance of the ISTE voice on key education topics.”

“I want to prioritize ISTE’s ability to demonstrate how technology can close opportunity gaps and provide solutions to some of the most critical issues in education,” he said.