At Focus Communications, we love research! I am pleased to announce that we’ve added a new team member: Michael Gordon, Ph.D. joins us as vice president of research.
Michael came to Las Vegas from Cape Town, South Africa in September 2006 on a Rotary International Ambassadorial scholarship. He received both his LL.B. (Bachelor’s degree) and LL.M. (Master’s degree) in Private Law from the University of South Africa.
A double alumnus from the UNLV, Michael graduated in 2008 with a Master’s in Public Administration and in 2013 with a Ph.D. in Public Affairs. During his time as a student, he served three terms as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) as well as one term as chair of the Nevada Student Alliance, the overarching student government association for all NSHE student government organizations representing the more than 105,000+ higher education students in Nevada.
As a policy analyst at UNLV, he researched and analyzed the academic infrastructure needs of the university while serving on the Faculty Senate, University Policy Committee and the Top Tier Community Engagement subcommittee. While serving as the director of strategic initiatives and research at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (the regional development authority for Southern Nevada), he worked on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Clark County as well as the Data Portal which provides out-of-state and international visitors with data-driven information regarding our region’s economic landscape.
For the last few years, Michael served as the senior vice president of development, government, and community relations at The Public Education Foundation. He was responsible for fundraising initiatives, legislative matters, and engaging the community on behalf of the foundation.
A graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2012, Michael serves on the boards of The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada, the Boy Scouts Las Vegas Area Council, Beacon Academy of Nevada, Rotary Club of Las Vegas, and previously served on the UNLV Alumni Association board of directors.