Katie Blot is the Chief Operating Officer and SVP of Strategy for Vemo Education. In this role, Katie collaborates with the the Vemo team, clients, and the education industry to drive positive change in educational access and affordability. She believes strongly in the potential for income-share agreement programs to reduce the difficult trade-offs schools face in balancing serving students and hitting their other institutional objectives.
Prior to joining Vemo, Katie was most recently the Chief Strategy Officer at Blackboard, responsible for corporate strategy, portfolio management and all the product lines across the company. Before joining Blackboard, Katie served as a Deputy General Manager and then the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education, helping to fulfill their mission to provide financial access to post secondary education. Katie started her career in education working at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) in its higher education group. In her 10+ years there, she worked with hundreds of schools advising on the effective delivery of student services.
Katie has more than 25 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms and understands how to realize the benefits of effectively aligning human capital, business processes and technology to achieve business objectives at educational institutions. Katie has also served as a national speaker presenting on topics such as: “Learner-centric Education”, “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.”
As mother of three boys, Katie is both professionally and personally dedicated to advancements in education. She eagerly follows research and trends in student persistence and success and the links between education and employment. She participates in discussions on innovation in education and serves in several capacities with her local school.