2019
Alumni (Fellow)

Kyle Blum

Darden School of Business Jefferson Fellow
Seattle, Washington
Degrees:
B.A. Colgate University (2010)
M.B.A. University of Virginia (2019)
Darden School of Business

Bio:

Bio for Celebration Dinner: Kyle Blum received his M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business in May 2019. Before attending business school, Kyle spent six years working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, responsible for oversight of three million acres of forest and agricultural land, generating more than $200 million in annual revenue for schools, hospitals, fire districts, and other critical services in Washington State. Kyle also served as transition director to Hilary Franz, the newly elected Commissioner of Public Lands (head of the DNR). A Seattle native, Kyle holds a B.A. in history from Colgate University. After graduation, Kyle plans to join Impact Merchandise in Olympia, Washington as a vice president of sales. Kyle Blum is an M.B.A. candidate at the Darden School of Business. Before attending business school, Kyle spent six years working for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where for four years he served as head of DNR’s Uplands program, responsible for executive oversight of 3 million acres of forest and agricultural land, generating more than $200 million in annual revenue for schools, hospitals, fire districts, and other critical services in Washington State. In November of 2016, he became transition director to Hilary Franz, the newly elected Commissioner of Public Lands (head of DNR). He served as her Chief of Staff prior to attending Business School. A Seattle native, Kyle is an avid golfer and chess player, as well as a diehard Seattle sports fan. He holds a B.A. in history from Colgate University.

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