Eric Blair-Joannou graduated cum laude from Cornell University, in the History and French Literature Departments, and received an MBA and MS in Urban Planning from Columbia's Graduate Schools of Business and Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, part of the runner-up team in the inaugural U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. He has worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s global headquarters in Asset Management, at the NYC Department of City Planning, and at the New York State Department of Transportation. In addition to working for his family business, Eric currently serves as a trustee of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, a founding Co-Chair of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund's Junior Business Council, a trustee of the Cornell Rowing Association, a member of the Cornell University Library Advisory Council, a Vice-Chairman of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Young Fellows of the Morgan Library. He is a former docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Family & Children's Garden volunteer at the New York Botanical Garden, contributed to the NYC-based think tank the Center for an Urban Future, hosted a bicycle-focused blog for the Danish Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has studied 7 languages. Eric volunteers at his church, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (Episcopal), and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in New York City.

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