Commerce Secretary Appoints Gordon to FirstNet Authority Board
Tuesday, November 08, 2022 | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo appointed Renee Gordon, director of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Emergency Communications, to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority).

Gordon will serve as one of 12 non-permanent members selected by the Department of Commerce. Three permanent seats are occupied by the attorney general of the United States, the secretary of Homeland Security, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The board oversees activities to ensure that the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, its commercial partner, develop, build, and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network that will best equip first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.

“I am proud to announce the selection of Director Renee Gordon to serve on the FirstNet Authority Board,” said Raimondo. “She brings years of public-safety emergency communications experience, which will be a vital asset to an already diverse and dedicated board. I also want to thank our outgoing member Karima Holmes for her time and dedication guiding FirstNet through a significant period of growth and investment in the network. Karima has been a valuable and dedicated member of the board and used her experience to dutifully serve the FirstNet Authority and the public safety community at large.”

Gordon has served as the director of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Emergency Communications in Virginia since 2015. During her tenure, she established the nation’s first remote 9-1-1 call-taking program using FirstNet technology. Gordon began her career as a police officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland, before moving into 9-1-1 and emergency communications for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Public Safety Communications Center and the City of Baltimore 9-1-1 and Emergency Communications.

“Congratulations to Director Gordon and a big NTIA welcome to the FirstNet team,” said Alan Davidson, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. “Her experience as both a law enforcement officer and a public safety communications official make her a perfect fit for the FirstNet Authority Board. My thanks to Karima Holmes for her important and impactful service to the board over the last three years. FirstNet greatly benefitted from her commitment to the mission. Her work has left the nation’s public-safety broadband network well positioned for the future.”

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