Virginia Hispanic Chamber
October 13th, 2017. Jefferson Hotel
Dr. Gerald L. Gordon
SESSION DOS: THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY
Virginia Business Magazine named Dr. Gerald L. Gordon as its “2010 Business Person of the Year.” In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, the magazine named him one of the 50 Most Influential Virginians. Dr. Gordon is the President and CEO of the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the largest office markets in the nation. He has been with the FCEDA since late 1983.
In 2005, Site Selection Magazine named the FCEDA one of the Top Ten Economic Development organizations in North America. Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.”
Dr. Gordon has taught at Catholic University, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has consulted with city and state governments throughout the United States, as well as the governments of Poland, the island of Vieques, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has served as a consultant to businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, colleges and universities, the United States Navy, and the United Nations.
Dr. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, and a Doctorate in International Economics from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of 12 books on strategic planning and economic development and is a Fulbright Senior Scholar.
Dr. Gordon is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Israel Freedom Award. In 2006, Dr. Gordon became the first American to address the All-Parliamentary Exports Group in the British House of Commons.