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Gary Gordon stands before Shedd's historic bronze doors.

Gary Gordon

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Gordon oversees organizational optimizations and long-term planning to ensure the financial stability of Shedd aquarium.


M.S., political science, Loyola University
B.S., politics, University of California in Santa Cruz.

“For many years I have known and experienced Shedd Aquarium as an incredible destination. Since joining the team, I have developed a much deeper respect and appreciation for the incredible conservation and education that happens beyond the walls of the building. It is an honor to be part of the larger Shedd mission. ”

Gary Gordon is responsible for optimizing organizational performance along with long-term modeling and planning to ensure the financial stability of Shedd Aquarium, including operational efficiencies in risk management, cost effectiveness and finance controls. In addition, he brings a passion for education and the environment and an eagerness to engage with and support the board of trustees and staff in Shedd’s mission-driven work.

Gordon has more than 20 years of financial and administrative experience in the government sector.  He served for 15 years as director of finance and administrative services for Lake County, Illinois, managing a $500 million annual budget. His responsibilities spanned multiple disciplines and support functions including procurement, contracting, construction services, facility management and finance, in addition to serving as the chief executive on several successful multimillion-dollar infrastructure projects. Before that, Gordon served as director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Chicago Park District and as assistant budget director and director of capital programs for the City of Chicago.

Gordon holds a master’s degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California in Santa Cruz.