Robert Gordon is Senior Counselor at the Center, advising on policies to support low-income families at the federal and state levels.
Over three decades, Robert has worked in major roles at all levels of government. Most recently 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. During the Obama Administration, 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, and strengthened early childhood, K-12 education, and college access programs. Earlier in his career, Robert served as a senior education official at the New York City Department of Education, a senior aide on Capitol Hill, a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a White House aide helping create the Americorps program.
Outside government, Robert has worked as senior vice president for strategy and finance at the College Board, a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, and a law guardian for children in abuse and neglect proceedings. His writings on policy have been published in The New York Times, Politico, and The Atlantic. In addition, Robert is a public service scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and a senior advisor to Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.