OPB is deeply saddened to announce the death of Dan Metziga, senior vice president of development and marketing at OPB for 18 years. Metziga passed away in his home on September 8 at the age of 66.
Metziga joined OPB in 1997 as vice president of development. He was appointed to senior vice president of development in 2004 and senior vice president of development and marketing in 2007. During his tenure at OPB, he oversaw significant growth in revenue from individuals, foundations and businesses. This year, OPB attained the highest number of annual contributors–130,000–in its history. He also led successful campaigns to fund the transition to digital television and to double OPB’s endowment.
“It was my great fortune to work with Dan since 2006, and he was by far the most effective chief development officer I’ve encountered in my career,” said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. “During his time here, he built what is arguably the most effective fundraising operation in public media and nurtured and developed the highest level of talent. That will be one of his greatest legacies at OPB. He will be greatly missed.”
Metziga’s long and successful career in fundraising and development began in Gary, Indiana at Lake Area United Way. He served in a variety of development roles there, including campaign director, responsible for $6 million in revenue. He also worked with United Way of King County in Seattle and United Way of Cleveland, serving as senior vice president of their fundraising and marketing divisions.
Prior to joining OPB, he was president and chief executive officer of the Florida Symphonic Pops Orchestra in Boca Raton—the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States at the time. There, he was responsible for volunteer relations, development, income generation, community outreach and more.
Metziga received a B.A. in communications from Columbia College in Chicago. He also received a Certificate of Management from University of Washington and Case Western Reserve University.
Metziga was highly regarded by colleagues across the country. This summer, he was honored at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference with the PBS 2015 C. Scott Elliott “Development Professional of the Year” award in recognition of his successes at OPB and for his willingness to share his knowledge.
Metziga is survived by his wife Senka Lenn.