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Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Nonresident Fellow


Robert Gordon is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute. He is also senior vice president for finance and global strategy at the College Board. During the Obama administration, Gordon served in multiple positions, including as acting deputy director for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and acting assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the US Department of Education. At OMB, Gordon led the administration’s evidence-based policy initiatives, championed education reforms from early childhood through college, and helped negotiate several appropriations agreements. Before joining the Obama administration, Gordon led the New York City Department of Education’s shift to weighted student funding. Earlier in his career, Gordon was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center for American Progress, a Skadden Fellow and law guardian in child abuse and neglect proceedings at the Legal Aid Society of New York, and a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Gordon serves on the boards of Results for America and the Achievement Network. He is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude) and Yale Law School.


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