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, Gustavo Blair 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.
Gustavo Blair is part of the Steering Committee for NVTC’s Impact AI Summit and with a colleague organized and participated in a joint FCEDA-NVTC event focused on funding for start-ups and growing businesses in Virginia. As a member of ACT-IAC’s AI Working Group, Gustavo Blair was one of the authors of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Playbook designed to help the United States Federal Government achieve successful outcomes and reduce risk in its understanding and application of AI technologies. He 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). Gustavo Blair has completed the Leadership Fairfax program.
Gustavo Blair serves as the Vice President on the Volunteer Fairfax Board of Directors. He has been 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.
A graduate of the University of Delaware with an international relations degree and George Mason University (GMU) School of Business with an MBA, Gustavo Blair has also served as President of the Alumni Chapter of the School of Business at GMU.