Vice Chairman, National Intelligence Council
David Gordon was named Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), a U.S. government center for strategic thinking, in June 2004.
Previously, he served as Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Transnational Issues (OTI), an office that covers a broad array of overarching national security issues.
Mr. Gordon joined the CIA in May 1998, when he was appointed National Intelligence Officer for Economics and Global Issues on the NIC. He directed major analytic projects on country-level economic and financial crises, emerging infectious disease risks, global demographic trends and the changing geopolitics of energy. He also provided leadership for the NIC’s seminal “Global Trends 2015” report.
Prior to his earlier service on the NIC, Mr. Gordon was Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Policy Program at the Overseas Development Council. He also served as a senior staff member on the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, he was the regional economic policy advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the 1980s, Mr. Gordon pursued an academic career with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Currently, Mr. Gordon is an adjunct professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has also taught at the College of William and Mary, Princeton University and the University of Nairobi.
Mr. Gordon is a graduate of Bowdoin College and undertook graduate studies in both political science and economics at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in 1981.