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Sarah Thompson

Senior Director, Executive Search & Recruiting

Working closely with our firm’s CEO, Sarah manages executive search and recruiting engagements for a range of nonprofit clients in the San Diego area, including MAAC, Southwestern Community College District, National University, the San Diego Symphony, the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the San Diego Housing Commission. Sarah brings 17 years of nonprofit sector experience to the firm, having served in workforce development, technology startups, and youth programs.

Prior to joining Blair Search Partners in 2018, she served as the President 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. Sarah’s community engagement includes immediate past-Chair of the United Way of San Diego County’s Women’s Leadership Council and LEAD San Diego. She was also a nominee for the San Diego Business Journal’s 40 Next Top Business Leaders Under 40. A graduate of Oregon State University, Sarah also holds an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.