Rod Houpe is the Advisory Consultant for Identity Automation. Rod has over 30 years of experience as an IT leader in K-12 and state government. Early in his career, he served as both Deputy CIO and CIO for the Ohio Department of Commerce, leading the department’s strategic IT initiatives. Rod then went on to hold CIO positions at Columbus City Schools, Cleveland Public Library, and most recently Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He has extensive experience creating the technology vision and leading the strategic IT initiatives of multiple large enterprise K-12 organizations. Rod has been an active member of CoSN and the Council of Great City Schools, presenting on best practices and serving on several peer review boards. In addition, Rod served in a leadership role on several other advisory boards and non-profit organizations. He has been the recipient of numerous state and national awards, a featured speaker at various IT conferences, and published numerous articles on technology innovation in public education.