Rupa Saran as Dy. Chief Information Technology Officer at Coast Community College District in Southern California provides leadership and vision for the operational planning development implementation and support of information and learning technologies. She serves on the Board of Directors for the California Community Colleges Banner Group (3CBG) and is a Board-member of the Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA). Rupa is also a member of the California Community Colleges Consortium Information Systems (4CIS) and serves on the CISOA Diversity & Equity Statement Committee. As an IT professional and administrator within the education sector she has over 25 years of experience in out-of-the-box thinking. Recently the Coast District CVC Course Exchange Team was awarded the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Technology Focus Team Award at the CISOA Virtual Technology Summit. Prior to joining Coast Community College District she was with Orange County Department of Education serving K-12 school districts. Rupa has an MS in Project Management a BS in Computer Information Systems and is ITIL certified. Rupa strongly believes that in every challenge conquered and every obstacle overcome there is an opportunity to learn grow expand and improve.