Rob Gordon

Rob Gordon

Rob Gordon

Director; Director's Office



As director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Rob coordinates the efforts of more than 150 employees who provide technical assistance, applied research, technology solutions, and training and development services to governments in Georgia and internationally.

Rob joined the Institute of Government as the director in 2021. From 2015-2020, Rob served as the director of the University of Georgia's Archway Partnership where he was responsible for the unit’s overall strategic direction and programs that address a wide-range of locally-identified community priorities intended to strengthen economic development. From 2010-2014, Rob managed the Economic Development programs at the Institute of Government where he led initiatives that included the Applied Demography Program, Tax and Expenditure Data Center, and Fiscal Analysis Program. He has provided education and technical assistance to the Georgia General Assembly, State of Georgia agencies and offices including the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, Department of Economic Development and Department of Community Affairs, numerous local city and county governments, and various governmental authorities on a wide range of finance and economic and community development issues. More recently, Rob was first vice president of public finance at Davenport & Company LLC where he provided financial advisory services to local governments, utilities, authorities, nonprofits and other entities across the state.

Prior to his appointment to UGA faculty, Rob practiced law at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta and then at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, Virginia, where he served as bond and underwriter's counsel for nearly $4 billion in tax-exempt and taxable financings.

Rob holds affiliated faculty status in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs where he teaches courses on public finance and economic development in the Masters of Public Administration program.

Rob earned his juris doctorate with honors from The George Washington University Law School and his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Georgia. Prior to attending law school, Rob served the U.S. Department of State as a special agent with the Diplomatic Security Service. His assignments included the San Francisco field office, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, and the protective detail for Secretary of States Madeline K. Albright and Secretary Colin L. Powell. Rob is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia class of 2013.


J.D., The George Washington University Law School; Bachelor's degree in Finance, University of Georgia

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Areas of Expertise: governmental administration and management, community and economic development, governmental training