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Deborah C. Gordon

Senior Fellow

Deborah C. Gordon is a Senior Fellow, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Gordon serves as a Senior Advisor for Longview Fusion Energy Systems, Inc. and several other high technology companies where she helps them bridge the gap in understanding between science, industry and government institutions. She is an Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University from which she retired in August 2019 after 22 years as the Executive Director, Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project, co-directed by Sec. William Perry and Sec. Ashton Carter. In this role, Ms. Gordon participated in the highest-level interactions with political and military leaders around the world. Her expertise is in promoting highly informed, non-governmental dialogues, known as track-two diplomacy, to provide opportunities for international innovation, agreement and cooperation. The Preventive Defense team devised creative and innovative policy approaches to U.S. defense policy and communicated them directly to high-level government officials. Gordon has over 40 years of experience in algorithm design, signal processing, network design, and network security and holds several U.S. and Canadian patents. She is the former Mayor of Woodside, CA and served 17 years on the Town Council; Chair and Director, City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County; and Chair for many San Mateo County and California State policy advisory bodies including for energy and water policy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Strategic Risks, Arms Control Association, Probability Management, Institute for Security and Technology (founder and director (emerita). Gordon holds a BS in computer science from the University of Southern California.

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