Richard Culatta, a former Obama Administration education adviser, has been chosen by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as the state’s new $210,000 a year "chief innovation officer."
Raimondo said Culatta will lead an effort to find better approaches to deliver government services in an efficient manner.
"We need new approaches, both in the way government operates, and in the types of businesses we attract and nurture here,’’ said Raimondo in a statement. "The role of chief innovation officer will be about opening up government and using data to solve problems.’’
Culatta recently left his job as senior adviser to former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Culatta will work with the Office of Innovation, located at Rhode Island College, which is designed to be a hub for innovation in the state.
The news release from Raimondo did not state a salary for Culatta.