Laura Gordon

Former Managing Director

Laura Gordon joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2009. As Managing Director of Communications, Ms. Gordon was responsible for strategic external communications for the Foundation President and Foundation Initiatives. In her role, Ms. Gordon coordinated strategy to advance the Foundation’s messages and support and leverage the work of its grantees through all communication’s avenues.

Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Gordon spent three years working for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, where she supported Speaker Quinn in her communications division spearheading rapid response, education, and human services communications.  Prior to her role in the communications division, Ms. Gordon worked in Speaker Quinn’s Policy division, where she conceived of, researched, wrote, and released major investigative reports on a variety of City issues from underbanked neighborhoods to charity care at NYC hospitals. Prior to her work in Speaker Quinn’s office, Ms. Gordon was a news editor at NBC news, with a focus on domestic breaking news.

Ms. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Government with a focus on international affairs.

Authored Content

  • Jun 13 2017
    Blog Post From Commitments to Results: Building a Pipeline of Women CEOs When it comes to developing women leaders in Corporate America the numbers don’t lie: only 27 Fortune 500 companies are currently run by women, and women only represent 20 percent of Fortune 500 board seats. To give credit where it is due, however, we are seeing more and more companies addressing this lack of diversity […] Jane Stevenson, Laura Gordon
  • Mar 08 2017
    Blog Post Beyond the C-Suite: What Are You the CEO of? What do you think it means to be the CEO? I’ll give you a hint: It doesn’t have to mean you sit in the C-suite. CEOs are everywhere. They are the mentors who have coached us, the colleagues who have motivated us, the teachers who have inspired us, even the parents who raised us. They […] Laura Gordon
  • Dec 01 2016
    Blog Post Inside Jobs: An Up-Close Look at the Lives of American Workers Forty-two years ago, Studs Terkel published his seminal book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.  It was a novel idea at the time, to speak directly to people to simply learn about their jobs and how they felt about them – without an agenda […] Abigail Carlton, Laura Gordon
  • May 18 2016
    Blog Post Redefining the Workplace by 2025 There are currently 22 women at the helm of Fortune 500 companies with the new CEO of Progressive announced last week. Despite that good news, with women making up nearly half of today’s labor force, why is it that less than 5 percent of companies are led by a woman CEO, and 60 percent of […] Laura Gordon
  • Aug 25 2015
    Blog Post For Americans Seeking Good Jobs, Four Values are Key As part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Workshift: #GoodJobsForAll campaign, we’ve spent the past two weeks exploring the question: what is a good job? In New York City and Des Moines, we’ve hosted events to spark conversations about job quality across the country. And for those who haven’t been able to stop by an event in person, […] Laura Gordon