Every organization’s performance is the sum of its people. As such, our mission is straightforward: source the highest caliber talent from across the nation for our mission-driven clients.

Blair Search Partners is a retained executive search and recruiting firm, serving corporate, nonprofit, and public-sector clients. In particular, we offer unique specialization and unparalleled experience serving not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and sectors. Our clients retain us to manage search engagements at all levels, including c-suite, director, manager, and program/staff levels.

While each search engagement is customized around the needs of the individual client organization, we place equal emphasis on the candidate experience throughout the entire process. Today’s candidate could very well be tomorrow’s customer, volunteer, donor, or board member.

Our work is not finished until the board has a finalist candidate who not only meets the job requirements, but that the board is also excited to work with, and proud to have as the keeper of its legacy.

We don’t think of this as the business of recruiting: to us, this is the business of community building.

Trevor Blair, CEO

A native of San Diego, Trevor has nearly 20 years of experience in executive search, recruiting and workforce development. He began his career with Manpower, a global provider of recruiting and HR solutions, and was initially based in Sydney. After 5 years with the Australian operation, he transferred back to the US for graduate school, and then rejoined Manpower in San Diego. After serving for several years as a Business Development Manager, he shifted focus to build the company’s workforce development and executive search practices. In this capacity, Trevor worked closely with nonprofit organizations to develop training and job placement programs for groups facing barriers to employment, such as youth, veterans and military spouses. He also helped secure private and public funding to back those programs. On the executive search front, Trevor built a significant practice at Manpower serving a range of clients in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors. In 2016, he leveraged this experience to launch a new firm, Blair Search Partners, specializing in search engagements for nonprofit and public-sector clients. The company manages approximately 40 search engagements annually, two-thirds of which are at the executive and director level for clients such as the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, the San Diego Foundation, MAAC and the San Diego Symphony. Trevor’s community engagement is centered on education and employment issues. Current board and committee positions include LEAD San Diego, Zero8hundred (formerly the Military Transition Support Project), the Barrio Logan College Institute, San Diego Rotary, San Diego Grantmakers, and Mission Driven Finance. Trevor is an avid endurance athlete, having competed in over 200 triathlons around the world. He is a 10-time Ironman finisher and 3-time Boston Marathon finisher. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Sarah Thompson, Director

Sarah manages executive search and recruiting engagements for the firm’s nonprofit clients in the San Diego area, including current projects for the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Housing Commission. Sarah brings 16 years of nonprofit sector experience to the firm, serving in workforce development, leadership programs and youth programs. Prior to joining Blair Search Partners, she served as the Executive Director of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, an organization providing free heart screenings for teens in San Diego. Sarah’s prior leadership roles include Program Director for Athena San Diego and Director of Community relations for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Her community engagement includes her current role as Chair of the United Way of San Diego County’s Women’s Leadership Council and LEAD San Diego. She was also a finalist for the San Diego NEXT Top Business Leaders Under 40. Sarah holds a BA from Oregon State University and a MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

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  • UCSD Extension
  • Regional Task Force on Homelessness
  • North County EDC
  • United Way of San Diego County
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Alliance Healthcare Foundation
  • Barrio Logan College Institute
  • Access Youth Academy
  • Girl Scouts San Diego
  • Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Susan G. Komen San Diego
  • Blue Star Families
  • Promises2Kids
  • San Diego Housing Commission
  • National University
  • Second Chance San Diego
  • Feeding San Diego
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Military Transition Support Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • St. Paul’s Senior Services
  • Mental Health Systems
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