David Gordon is an independent consultant with a background in strategic philanthropy and environmental grantmaking to support international conservation and indigenous rights. He started at Pacific Environment, a non-profit intermediary where he supported grassroots environmental and indigenous leaders in Russia, China, and Alaska. At Pacific Environment, he helped galvanize collaborative, cross-border efforts to protect the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, conserve the endangered Western Gray Whale from offshore oil and gas development, and encourage shipping safety.
He worked as Senior Program Officer in the Environment Program at the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, where he managed grantmaking programs focused in British Columbia, Alaska, and the Mekong Basin. He served as Executive Director of the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award honoring grassroots environmental activists. He is a member of the Advisory Board at the Trust for Mutual Understanding. He has consulted for philanthropic organizations including The Christensen Fund, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and he manages the Eurasian Conservation Fund.