Melissa Dodd serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Melissa Dodd has effectively increased equity of access to technology and learning opportunities enabled by technology for students for the past 15 years in leadership roles with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and SFUSD.
At SFUSD, Ms. Dodd is charged with leading the district’s technology vision and digital district plan, Building a Digital District. The plan articulates the SFUSD’s strategy to leverage technology to transform teaching, learning, and operations to realize the goals of Vision 2025 and the SFUSD graduate profile for each and every student to thrive in the 21st century.
Prior to joining SFUSD, Ms. Dodd worked in the Boston Public Schools for more than eleven years in various capacities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer. Ms. Dodd sat on the Massachusetts Board of Education Digital Learning Advisory Council and plays an active role with the Council of Great City Schools. Prior to joining BPS, she worked at Tufts and Harvard Universities managing academic programs and designing online communities of practice.
Melissa has presented nationally on the role of technology in education, including leading transformation to build digital districts, technology and data governance, and women in educational technology leadership; and published on the use of digital simulations to teach problem-solving in the social sciences.
Fluent in Spanish, Melissa has worked and traveled globally, including Spain, Latin America, and South Africa. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Dodd is the 2017 CoSN Withrow Outstanding CTO of the Year and currently serves on the CoSN Board. She tweets @MelissaPDodd.