Gordon Campbell

President, United Way of NYC

Gordon J. Campbell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of New York City, which creates, leads and supports strategic initiatives that have a measurable and lasting impact in improving education, income stability, and health throughout the five boroughs. Mr. Campbell was Chief Executive Officer of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, from 1998 to 2007. During his tenure, he drew wide acclaim for the agency’s effective emergency response to the 9 /11 attacks. Earlier, Mr. Campbell served in senior positions in the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani Administrations. He was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor. In addition, he was Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and a mayoral appointee to the City’s Procurement Policy Board. While at the City’s Human Resources Administration, he created and organized the Division of AIDS Services.

Mr. Campbell serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Advice Bureau and is a member of the New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Advisory Council and the City’s Office of Financial Empowerment Advisory Council. In addition, he is a mayoral appointee to the Health and Human Service Information and Referral Corporation (i.e., 311/211). Previously, he served as a mayoral appointee to the New York City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. He was also Chair of the Human Services Council, served on the Board of Directors of the 9/11 United Services Group, and was a member of the Executive Council of the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN).

Before arriving in New York City, Mr. Campbell served as a prosecutor and labor attorney, and was the Chief Administrator for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Washington Law School, and his Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He formerly served for seven years as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.