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Peter Blair
President & CEO


Peter Blair joined the Duke Mansion and the Lee Institute as President and CEO in April, 2022. He spent the previous seven years as the CEO of the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center. In his role as chief executive, he led a nonprofit with a staff of 450+ and a membership of over 10,000 individuals representing the diversity of the Charlotte community. Previously, he served as chief operating officer of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Peter is a founding member of The Paradigm Project where he served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. This group creates and delivers leadership development fellowships, annual conferences, and thought leadership in Jewish education across North America. A native of Memphis Tennessee, Peter grew up immersed in music, as his family owned a recording studio. Peter holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a devoted fan of the Badger sports teams. He completed several fellowships in community organizing, non-profit leadership, and organizational and community change processes.

He is the proud father of two sons. Hudson, 15, and Cohen, 13.

Peter looks forward to engaging in projects that help to build healthier and stronger communities for the Lee Institute.

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