Lori W. Gordon is a civil systems protection leader in the Civil Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation, serving as an expert in national and homeland security, cybersecurity, and infrastructure risk and resilience. At Aerospace since 2018, she provides leadership across a range of critical infrastructure protection initiatives and internal technology strategy and investment. Gordon is a partner with Aerospace’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) and leads Aerospace’s engagement with partners and collaborators, including the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (S-ISAC) and the National Security Institute (NSI). With more than 20 years of professional experience, Gordon has contributed to the development of national-level strategies, capabilities, and programs across homeland, intelligence, and civil agencies.
Gordon began her career focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy policy supporting the Department of Energy before expanding her domain expertise across other critical infrastructure sectors including information and communications technology (ICT) and the defense industrial base (DIB). At the MITRE Corporation from 2005 to 2014 and at a Washington, DC-based strategy consultancy from 2014-2018, she led critical infrastructure security portfolios working with the government to reduce risk and accelerate adoption of emerging technologies.
Gordon continues to collaborate on policy and technical publications with the Atlantic Council, the NSI, and other think tanks on space industrial base, positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT), supply chain, and cybersecurity.
Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in geography cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).
AWARDS AND HONORS
Gordon has received numerous Officer’s Awards and special recognition awards, including the Government Technology Services Coalition (GTSC) Citizen of Mission Award for her work in STEM programming across the interagency.
Gordon is a Visiting Fellow at George Mason University’s National Security Institute (NSI), a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is engaged in several other professional societies. She has served on the board of the nonprofit Women in Homeland Security (WHS), and as director of the WHS STEM Program from 2016-2018, bringing the program from a DC center of gravity to a national-level program. She is advisor to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Unmanned Aerial Systems Standards Consortium and the International Organization of Standards (ISO) Committee 268 Smart Sustainable Communities. She is also advisor to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group on Cyber Workforce Management and is a curriculum board member for Montgomery County’s IT and Cybersecurity board, and the Law, Government, and Public Safety board.