Bob Gordon, Senior Policy Fellow

Bob Gordon, M.P.P., M.B.A.

Senior Policy Fellow


Email: fairlawnbob [at]


BA Political Economy and Environmental Studies, Williams College | MPP, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley | MBA, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania | London Business School, International Management Program

Bob Gordon, M.P.P., M.B.A.

Senior Policy Fellow

Bob is a former New Jersey state senator, utility commissioner, transportation policy maker and corporate management consultant whose diverse skills make him particularly adept at addressing issues at the intersection of business and government.  Across a multi-decade career in public service, he has assumed positions of leadership at every level of government.  Bob currently serves as a vice president of Stevens & Lee Public Affairs, where he focuses on matters related to energy policy and infrastructure.

Bob spent 14 years in the New Jersey Legislature, with four years in the General Assembly and 10 in the Senate.  As a state senator representing Bergen and Passaic Counties, he rose to the position of Senate Majority conference Leader and chaired two key committees: Transportation and Legislative Oversight.  As Chair of the latter, he led an 18-month investigation into the conditions at New Jersey Transit and enacted remedial legislation to improve the agency’s transparency and governance.  In partnership with the New York Legislature, he advanced the most significant reforms to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 50 years and spearheaded a successful effort to secure a $3 billion appropriation for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal.  Other major legislative initiatives supported the state’s manufacturers, reformed the governance of community associations and streamlined the remediation of contaminated sites.

In 2018, Governor Phil Murphy appointed Bob as one of five Commissioners of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  The Board regulates all investor-owned utilities in the state, and under Governor Murphy, has taken the lead in advancing the state’s ground-breaking clean energy program.  During his five years at the Board, Bob was intimately involved in all major agency initiatives, including the development of an offshore wind industry and the first offshore transmission project in America, electrification of the transportation sector, revamping of all solar programs, upgrading utility infrastructure and integrating new sources of energy into the grid.

Bob also served a four-year term as a non-compensated Board Member of the New Jersey Transit Corporation, the third-largest mass transit system in the country.  Working with board colleagues and senior management, he advanced a $6 billion capital program and worked to restore ridership to pre-pandemic levels.

Before joining the Legislature, Bob spent 10 years as Mayor and Council Member of the Borough of Fair Lawn and served on the staff of Governor Jim Florio.  In recognition of his lifelong commitment to public service, Fair Lawn dedicated the community’s senior housing complex in his name in 2020.

He began his public career in Washington, where he worked on the economics staff of the Brookings Institution and later, helped establish the analytical procedures of the Congressional Budget Office.

Bob’s business career is equally diverse.  He worked for 10 years with major international management consulting firms where he led engagements throughout the US and Europe focused on business strategy, competitive analyses, acquisition studies and business process re-engineering.  He also worked with a major commercial real estate broker and managed his family’s textile factory in Paterson.

Research Interests
  • Energy Policy
  • Infrastructure
  • State and Local Government
  • State Politics
  • Health Policy
  • Transportation
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Environmental Policy
  • Shared Services