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Riccardo Stoeckicht is president & chief operating officer of Innovative Schools, an education support organization that has brought project-based learning, early college, and personalized learning models to Delaware. It also provides academic, finance, and operating support services to charter schools across the state. He recently led the transformation of the organization's CMO business model to a value-add service model. Before joining Innovative Schools in 2014, Riccardo was the first president of the Community Education Building (CEB) established to create a world-class, co-located educational environment for high performing charter schools, with landlord-provided tenant services. The CEB opened its doors in the fall of 2014 with two tenants and over 700 students, with a third school opening in 2015. At capacity, the renovated 475,000 sq. ft. building will touch some 20% of school-aged children in the city of Wilmington. From 2007 to 2012, as chief operating officer of the Rodel Foundation, Riccardo transformed the organization's human resource practices and streamlined its business operations. He was a member of the foundation's team that worked with the state to develop its winning RTTT application. His journey in education began in 2004 as deputy director of the Latin American Community Center (LACC), the largest Latino-serving agency in Delaware, where he oversaw its business operations and life-long-learning programs serving ages one to 101. Prior to the LACC, Riccardo was a finance and business executive with the DuPont Company in Brazil and the United States. In 1998 he and his family chose to make the U.S. their home. Riccardo is a founding board member of Kind 2 Kids, a foundation serving foster youth, sits on the board of the Delaware Charter School Network, and has recently rejoined the LACC board. He is the lead beta-tester for Stave Puzzles, the premier wooden jigsaw puzzle producer in America, enjoys inline skating, collecting art, and watching foreign movies. Riccardo received a BA (mathematical-economics and French) from Brown University, and an MBA (quantitative analysis) from Northeastern University. He lives with his wife, Cecilia, in Wilmington. He is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.