Alexandra Robert Gordon has been a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice since 2009. As a member of the Government Law Section, she represents California’s constitutional officers in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She received the 2014 California Lawyer of the Year Award for her work defending the constitutionality of a law that prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in treatments intended to change the sexual orientation of a minor.
Gordon was a history concentrator at Brown, earning her Bachelor of Arts with academic honors and winning the Department of History’s prize for outstanding honors thesis. She served as a Meiklejohn Advisor, was a founding member of SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism), and was chosen as one of the senior orators for the 1991 Commencement.
After graduating from Brown, Gordon attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar (M.Phil., English literature, 1993) before earning her J.D. with honors at Harvard Law School (1998). Prior to attending law school, she was a speechwriter for First Lady Hillary Clinton and for Ronald Brown, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
As a member of the Brown Corporation Board of Trustees, Gordon is chair of the Audit Committee and serves on the Advisory and Executive Committee, Campus Life Committee, and the Ad Hoc Sub-committee on Sexual Assault.