Gerald Gordon

Instructor and Riley Fellow


Gerald Gordon, PhD, Catholic University of America
Dr. Gordon joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Public Administration and also serves as a Fellow at the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities. He teaches classes in Economic Development and Strategic Planning. Dr. Gordon was born and raised in Washington DC and attended The Citadel. After graduating, he returned to the DC area and worked for the United States Department of Labor and Arlington County before going to the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he served as President and CEO for 35 years.

Dr. Gordon was instrumental in creating the Emerging Business Forum and bringing the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology to Fairfax County.  Dr. Gordon received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship in 2008 and has taught at Catholic University, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University; and consulted with city and state governments throughout the United States and around the world, as well as the governments of Poland, the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and Micronesia.  Dr. Gordon is the author of 15 books, mostly on strategic planning and economic development, although the last two books have been biographies.  Dr. Gordon also chaired the boards of the Fairfax Symphony, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools and the George Mason University Honors College. He also has served on the board of the International Economic Development Council and is a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the organization. In 2000, Virginia Business Magazine cited Dr. Gordon as the “Virginia Businessperson of the Year.” Dr. Gordon and his wife (who attended the College of Charleston) live on Seabrook Island and have two grown sons and two grandchildren. Dr. Gordon can be reached at or at (703) 314-6975.