Margita Blattner is a forward-thinking, strategic leader with 20 years of experience developing innovative plans, business models, and operational capabilities. Margita is a proven visionary with the ability to motivate staff and drive organizational change. Her roles have spanned business development, business and product management, and consulting across the higher education, retail, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to OCCF, Margita served as Sr. Director, Business Development at EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association that advances higher education through the use of information technology, where she designed a new membership dues and pricing model for over 2,000 Association members. Other professional achievements include implementing emerging digital business models for Best Buy Inc. during the height of digital gaming and music streaming, launching the first broadband Auction product competing with eBay, and redesigning administrative student services for higher education institutions including Stanford, Caltech, and the California State University System.
Margita earned her MBA in Marketing from Capella University and her B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has a Foresight Certification from the Institute for the Future, which provides tools and techniques for embracing strategic foresight, navigating large-scale change, and leading organizations toward reaching long-term strategic goals. In addition, she earned her White Belt in the discipline of Lean Six Sigma, which reduces process defects and waste while changing the mindset of employees and managers to one that focuses on growth and continuous improvement through process optimization.
Margita grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and now lives in Dana Point with her husband and two dogs. When not working she can be found swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, and exploring new cultures and cuisine when traveling. Margita is fluent in Greek and French.