Rich Valerga serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Acero Schools. As COO, Mr. Valerga oversees the strategy, planning and management of operations for Acero. With a background in Information Technology, Mr. Valerga entered the educational realm as the Chief Operations and Technology Officer in New Orleans where he helped rebuild the school system after Hurricane Katrina. He has more than a decade of experience in education where he has worked in several different school systems holding positions as Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Valerga obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and attained his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree from the University of Phoenix.