Robert Gordon

Former Expert

Robert Gordon is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Most recently, Robert was acting deputy director and executive associate director at the Office of Management and Budget. In addition to participating in the major budget negotiations of the last two years, Robert spearheaded OMB’s effort to increase the use of evidence and evaluation across the federal government. During 2009 and 2010, as associate director of OMB for education, labor, and income maintenance, Robert played a key role in developing and shepherding the Administration’s early childhood, education, training, and social insurance initiatives. 

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Robert led an overhaul of the New York City Department of Education’s system for allocating $5 billion among 1,400 schools. While a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, he co-authored a widely cited study of teacher effectiveness, one of the first papers produced by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution; wrote a cover article on education reform for The New Republic; and published widely on other domestic issues. Robert has been a consultant to major foundations and school systems, and he was the senior domestic policy aide to Senator John Edwards between 2002 and 2004. Earlier in his career, Robert was a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, representing children in abuse and neglect cases; and an analyst for the National Economic Council and White House Office of National Service, where he helped to create Americorps. Robert is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and Yale Law School.

Robert Gordon is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Most recently, Robert was acting deputy director and executive associate director at the Office of Management and Budget. In addition to participating in the major budget negotiations of the last two years, Robert spearheaded OMB’s effort to increase the use of evidence and evaluation across the federal government. During 2009 and 2010, as associate director of OMB for education, labor, and income maintenance, Robert played a key role in developing and shepherding the Administration’s early childhood, education, training, and social insurance initiatives. 

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Robert led an overhaul of the New York City Department of Education’s system for allocating $5 billion among 1,400 schools. While a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, he co-authored a widely cited study of teacher effectiveness, one of the first papers produced by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution; wrote a cover article on education reform for The New Republic; and published widely on other domestic issues. Robert has been a consultant to major foundations and school systems, and he was the senior domestic policy aide to Senator John Edwards between 2002 and 2004. Earlier in his career, Robert was a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, representing children in abuse and neglect cases; and an analyst for the National Economic Council and White House Office of National Service, where he helped to create Americorps. Robert is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and Yale Law School.