Meet the Team

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Michael Berman

Chief Innovation Officer & Deputy CIO

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Michael Berman leads the effort to promote innovation across the 23 campuses in the CSU. In recent years he was VP and CIO at Cal State Channel Islands, and has been the senior technology administrator at three other universities. Michael was a member of the Board of Trustees of NMC and participated in the advisory committee for the NMC Horizon Reports on Higher Education for several years. He was the cofounder in 2010 of EduSoCal, a regional conference that brought together more than 200 participants annually. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and he has been a faculty member, a software developer, a systems administrator and a textbook author.

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Kate Miffitt

Assistant Director for Innovation

In her role as Assistant Director, Kate Miffett is responsible for the development, integration, and management of innovation programs across the California State University system, focused in IT. She implements strategy and programming, researches trends in innovation, and manages resources and communications regarding innovation programs. Prior to this role, she served in different positions in learning design and teaching and learning with technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Kate holds a B.A. in English from Stonehill College and an M.A. in education in instructional technologies from San Francisco State University.