John Gustavo Blair Assistant Director, National Business Investment, FCEDA

John Gustavo Blair

John Gustavo Blair is originally from the Washington, DC area. He has been at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) since 2017. At the
EDA, John serves as the Assistant Director for National Business Investment and handles the relationship with emerging tech companies in sectors ranging from
artificial intelligence and blockchain to drones and autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining the EDA, he spent close to a dozen years in a variety of business
development roles for software and technical services companies and also did consulting work on sales and marketing strategies for emerging companies. In
addition, he worked for economic development authorities from Germany and the United Kingdom, including Frankfurt, the former East German State of Thuringia and Yorkshire, England.

John serves as the Vice President on the Volunteer Fairfax Board of Directors. He has also served as the FCEDA representative on the Fairfax County Community-
wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) Task Force, which developed goals, strategies and actions that will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted
in Fairfax County, as well as on the Preservation Task Focus focused on preserving affordable housing in the county. John also represents the FCEDA in its
memberships at the international organizations, Chamber of Digital Commerce, a leading blockchain association and at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). John has completed the Leadership Fairfax program.

A graduate of the University of Delaware with an international relations degree and George Mason University (GMU) School of Business with an MBA, John has also served as President of the Alumni Chapter of the School of Business at GMU. Other Board experience includes serving as an Executive Director on the Executive Board of Bretton Woods Recreation Center (BWRC) in Germantown, Maryland. Bretton Woods is a 286-acre facility owned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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