RESTON, Va. – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announced today that Renee Gordon has been named Vice Chair of the FirstNet Authority Board, effective immediately. A recognized leader in the 9-1-1 community, Gordon is the Director of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) in the City of Alexandria (Va.) and has been a member of the FirstNet Authority Board since November 2022.
“I am honored to be named to a leadership position on the Board, having seen firsthand how the FirstNet Authority is critical to the success of the network,” said Director Gordon. “FirstNet empowers our nation’s first responders with the communication tools they need to protect and serve their communities effectively. As Vice Chair, I look forward to continuing to improve network performance and strengthening our support to public safety agencies across the country.”
Director Gordon brings significant experience in public safety operations to the Vice Chair position, having served as both a 9-1-1 professional and a police officer. As the Director of the Alexandria ECC, she oversaw the implementation of FirstNet to help bolster the center’s call-taking capabilities. Director Gordon has been a leader on public safety technology issues throughout her career, making her an ideal choice to help lead the FirstNet Authority into the future.
“I am excited to name Director Gordon as Vice Chair and look forward to working together to ensure our nation’s first responders have access to the dependable network and innovation they need for emergency situations,” said FirstNet Authority Board Chair Richard Carrizzo, who is the Fire Chief for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District (Mo.). “Her deep understanding of the nexus between 9-1-1 and first responder communications will help us further evolve the network and support the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.”
About the First Responder Network Authority
The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Created in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow the FirstNet Authority (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter.