Blair has 15+ years’ experience in the capital markets arena, leading the creation of marketing strategy, plans and budgets that span industries, marketplace, customers and competition. Currently, Blair is responsible for co-managing a $5.6 billion emerging manager investment portfolio, within the New York State Common Retirement Fund. The program spans both traditional and alternative asset class strategies (real estate, private equity, public equity, hedge funds and opportunistic). As a Senior Investment Officer, he actively evaluates and conducts research for new investment vehicles/platforms and strategies that can strategically implement the long-term goals of the Emerging Manager portfolio (e.g. establishing a seeding and acceleration platform that will incubate hedge fund investment managers and add additional alpha to the P&L). Blair collaborates with consultants, advisors, investment team and legal counsel in preparing and evaluating RFP/RFI’s for manager searches; participate in selecting and interviewing managers/advisors and in negotiating limited partnership agreements. Previously, Blair served for over 10 years as a client relationship manager with the Connecticut and New York City Wealth Management teams at Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. He also ran Smith Barney’s Multicultural Marketing campaign. Blair received his BA from Morgan State University and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University.