Gordon is a 26-year veteran of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. His last assignment was serving as the Chief of Runoff Management until his retirement in January of 2011.
He had overall responsibility for voluntary, regulatory, agricultural and urban programs related to nonpoint source water pollution abatement in Wisconsin. His professional expertise includes watershed-based water resource protection and control of diffuse water pollution sources. Gordon had been instrumental in development of policies and administrative codes for the State of Wisconsin involving both agricultural and urban nonpoint source water pollution. In particular, Gordon has been an architect of Wisconsin’s environmental programs that apply to Wisconsin’s extensive livestock industry. He wrote and issued the first permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin, developed technical guidance for abatement of agricultural pollutants in both surface water and groundwater and was the voice of the Department of Natural Resources to Wisconsin’s livestock producer community.
In contrast, Gordon is also well versed in environmental ethics, having generated a number of papers on this topic. From 1990 through 2003, he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. In the 1990’s, he was elected for two terms to the Board of Supervisors for the Town of Vermont in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Gordon holds degrees in American history and engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a registered professional engineer and also has significant teaching experience.