John K. Blanchard

Board Member, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Director, Local Government Relations, General Motors

John K. Blanchard is the Director for General Motors Local Government Relations. Prior to his current assignment, John was responsible for all real estate activities throughout North America including overseeing the redevelopment of the GM Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center and River East, the urban waterfront development along the Detroit River. He also spent several years as Regional Manager of the Retail Real Estate Group for both the East and West regions.

John joined General Motors in 1983 as a Financial Analyst at the Milford Proving Ground and spent nine years in GM's Corporate Finance organization in various positions including Joint Venture Analysis, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Budget and Cost Analysis.

John earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA from Oakland University and he currently serves on the Board of several local organizations including the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Investment Fund, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and Wayne State's TechTown.