Blair comes to Cal after spending more than two years managing business operations for Stanford University School of Medicine's Division of General Surgery, where she led a large team supporting finance & analysis, academic affairs, research administration, and general administration.
Before Stanford, Blair worked at the National Institutes of Health for over eight years, most recently serving as the Deputy Budget Officer at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD where she managed the team responsible for the formulation, execution, and forecasting of an $800M+ account. Prior to that, Blair was the Acting Deputy Budget Officer/Lead Budget Analyst at the National Cancer Institute, managing a $5.2+ billion dollar account and a staff responsible for all budgeting and financial reporting. Her years in Washington, DC also included lobbying on behalf of higher education institutions and scientific associations, as well as internships for both Congressman Steven R. Rothman and then-Senator Barack Obama.
In addition to a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park, she holds an MA in Public Policy from The George Washington University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business.