The Honorable Richard Gordon
Special Guest, Gershowitz Conference
Richard S. Gordon is a trusted advisor to leaders around the world. During a more than 35 year career, Mr. Gordon has advised candidates and officeholders for every office from president of the United States to municipal council. He has also been a senior strategic advisor to CEOs, corporate presidents and other senior C-suite executives around the globe.
As a practicing lawyer, an aide and advisor to a number of governors, mayors and members of Congress, Mr. Gordon has vast experience with the inner workings of government. He was a senior advisor on policy and political issues throughout Governor, and later Senator, Evan Bayh’s career, served as the head of Mario Cuomo’s political organization, was a state policy director responsible for creating education, environmental, workforce, fiscal and other statewide initiatives.
Elected in 2007, Mr. Gordon served as president of the American Jewish Congress, an internationally renowned 90 year old not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and defending the constitutional and human rights of all Americans. In May 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Gordon to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany the President to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel. After serving five years as president, Mr. Gordon was elected chair in 2012 where he served until 2014.
Mr. Gordon provides commentary and political analysis for television and radio, appearing frequently on WGN-TV's "Politics Tonight" and on WGN radio's podcast, "Behind the Curtain". He is a frequent lecturer on political, governmental and international affairs, including presenting lectures at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey), War Studies University (Warsaw, Poland) and IDC Herzliya (Herzliya, Israel), amongst others.
He is on the board of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and is Vice Chair of Blessings in a Backpack, a national organization that feeds students on the weekends.
Mr. Gordon received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.