Gordon Rooney is currently a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the Gerald R. Ford
School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 2014 to 2019 he served as
Development Manager with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, South
Carolina. Prior to his role with the city, he spent two years in Japan teaching English and
about American culture with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.
From 2010 to 2011 Gordon served with City Year AmeriCorps, where he supported
students in high-need schools in Columbia, SC. He spent the fall of 2008 on Capitol Hill
as an Archer Fellow and interned at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. His
professional experience includes stints with the Texas Association of Regional Councils,
the Texas Senate Committee on Jurisprudence, and the U.S. Air Force Research
Laboratory. Gordon is a recent alumni of the German Marshall Fund’s Manfred Wörner
Seminar and is serving a second year as an honorary commander at Joint Base
Charleston. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Government at the University of
Texas at Austin.
As Gordon prepares for a future in local and state politics in South Carolina, it is clear to
him that gaining a broader perspective in international affairs and security will be crucial
if he is to be fully capable of serving his fellow South Carolinians.