As a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs, John Blondel Jr. boasts a lengthy career in the finance industry. He came to Goldman Sachs after graduating from Harvard with an AB with Honors in American History and from Harvard Business School with an MBA. Upon graduation, Blondel immediately began working with Goldman Sachs. His first position there was in 1983 as an Investment Banker in the firm’s Fixed Income Division; today he is a Managing Director at the leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.
Outside of the office, Blondel focuses on philanthropic causes in the education sector. He is Co-Chair of his Harvard class for the Harvard College Fund and a member of the Committee on University Resources. In addition, for many years, Blondel has been a member of the Board and Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Development and Investment Committees of the Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the investment committee of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and he is on the finance committee. He co-chairs and sits on the Board of the Academy of American Poets.
As one example of his philanthropic efforts, John Blondel Jr. has worked as a member of the Executive Committee of Friends of the High Line. This is a non-profit that engages a diverse community near the High Line while raising money to help complete the High Line’s construction. Blondel and others have put their efforts into important areas to enhance the region. One of these was the transformation of an abandoned elevated freight line into a thriving city park, which has been visited by over six million individuals since its creation.