Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

John Blondel

Serving on the Academy’s Board since 2007, John Blondel chairs the Committee on the Board, as well is a member of the Chancellors Committee, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee. Mr. Blondel's work for the Academy includes supporting the expansion of the reach and quality of Poets.org and efforts to have good poetry be a part of more people’s everyday lives. Mr. Blondel has hosted events with several current and former Chancellors of the Academy including Mark Strand, Mark Doty, and Yusef Komunyakaa. He is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Joining the firm in 1983, Mr. Blondel has been in the Investment Management Division since 1996 where his responsibilities include serving as advisor to families, foundations, and trusts. Mr. Blondel serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Friends of the High Line in New York City. He has been involved with the Friends for the High Line since near its founding and helped to bring the High Line project to a reality. Mr. Blondel has served in several roles at Harvard. He has been a member of and chaired the Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Memorial Church. He also was chair of the National Committee for Memorial Church for the Church’s Capital campaign. He currently is co-chair of his class for the Harvard College Fund. Mr. Blondel received his AB with honors in American History from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.