Fairfax County EDA President/CEO named chairman of the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

Gordon will continue to advance outreach to business community

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), has been named chairman of the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools. As chairman, Gordon will work with the Foundation board to continue to raise the profile of the organization in the local business community and promote initiatives to expand resources and improve student achievement.

“I’m really enthused about working with Fairfax County Public Schools, its leadership, and the Foundation,” Gordon said. “I hope to involve the business community to an even greater extent in supporting the school system, which in turn supports the growth and betterment of the business community and the community at large.”

Created in 2010, the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to enhance the public schools  through collaboration between the school system and businesses, and invests in innovative programs to build a competitive work force for the future. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million into the school system. Click here for more details about the organization and its activities.

Gordon takes on the chairman’s role from Kevin Reynolds, regional president of Cardinal Bank. Gordon has been with the FCEDA since late 1983. In that time Fairfax County has become the second-largest suburban office space market in the nation with more than 114 million square feet, and jobs in the county have climbed from 243,000 to almost 600,000.

In 2010, Virginia Business magazine named Gordon its “2010 Virginia Business Person of the Year.” The following year, he received the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax, Inc. In 2012, the Transwestern commercial real estate firm honored Gordon as its “2012 Public Sector TrendSetter of the Year” for the Washington area. In 2013, Virginia Business magazine put him on its first-ever "50 Most Influential Virginians" list.

Gordon is stepping down this month as chairman of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and he served as president of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra board of directors from 2006-2008. He is a director emeritus of the Fairfax County Park Foundation and served on the Fairfax Library Foundation board.