Over three decades, Robert Gordon has worked in major roles at all levels of government. Between 2019 and 2021, he served as director of the Department of Health & Human Services for the State of Michigan, playing a central role in the state’s pandemic response, narrowing racial disparities in health outcomes, streamlining public benefits delivery, and improving results for children in foster care. Between 2009 and 2015, Robert served as acting assistant secretary for policy at the United States Department of Education, and as acting deputy director, executive associate director, and program associate director at the Office of Management & Budget. In these roles, he led the executive branch’s evidence-based policy initiatives; strengthened early childhood, K-12 education, and college access programs; and negotiated major appropriations agreements. Earlier in his career, Robert served as a senior education official at the New York City Department of Education, overhauling the city’s approach to school budgeting; a senior aide on Capitol Hill, handling judicial nominations and crafting part of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation; a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during Bush v. Gore; and, in 1993, a White House aide helping create the Americorps program.
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