Katie Blot is the Chief Strategy and Portfolio Officer. In this capacity, she’s responsible for aligning Blackboard’s business to industry and customer needs – overseeing key functions including industry strategy and development, business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing – and ensuring we build and deliver products and services that our customers love.
Prior to joining Blackboard, Katie held positions at the U.S. Department of Education including Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid and Deputy General Manager for the Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services Unit where she was responsible for processing over 14 million student applications for federal student aid and delivering over $60 billion in Title IV programs.
Katie began her career in the higher education group at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting). In her 10+ years there, she worked with hundreds of schools advising on the effective delivery of student services.
Katie has over 20 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms. She understands how to realize the benefits of effectively aligning human capital, business processes and technology to achieve business objectives at educational institutions and the success of their students. Katie has also served as a national speaker presenting on topics such as: “STEM Education and the Power of Technology,“ “Achieving Learning Outcomes in a Changing Education Landscape“ and “What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem.“
Katie earned her BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993.
As mother of three boys, Katie is both professionally and personally dedicated to advancements in education. She is actively involved in research and trends in student-learning outcomes, competency-based learning and the links between education and employment. She participates in discussions on innovation in education and serves on the Executive Board of a local early-childhood education provider, the Board of Directors of the NEA Foundation, and the Board of Directors of UPCEA.