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Ian Gordon

United Way of San Diego County

Public Policy and Advocacy Committee


Ian Gordon has held positions of increasing responsibility in organizational and nonprofit management, community and workforce development, social science research, federal contracting, and business. An expert in human development, he knows the environmental, cultural, physical and psycho-social factors necessary for healthy development. For over twenty years, he has applied social science theory, research and best practice to a variety of initiatives and programs that have resulted in improved behavioral, educational and employment outcomes for children and youth. Ian has worked with both public and private partners to advance innovative changes that benefit young people and communities. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Human Development from Howard University and The Pennsylvania State University respectively.

As Senior Vice President & Chief Impact Officer, Ian works in collaboration with the CEO, Board and United Way of San Diego County (UWSD) community partners to shape and lead the initiatives within the education and family stability portfolio and facilitate policy, systems and community level change that supports cradle to career strategies and outcomes. Ian has strong ties with multi-ethnic, multi-cultural communities and has served on the National Youth Employment Coalition, Linked Learning San Diego, San Diego County Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Strategy Task Force, Open Places San Diego, San Diego Alternatives to Incarceration Core Team, Clinton Foundation’s Strong Families, Thriving Communities Leadership Committee, UCSD Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research’s Advisory Group, and the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team. He currently serves on the San Diego Continuing Education Foundation Advisory Board and City of San Diego’s Promise Zone Education Working Group.

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