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Sally Gordon

Sally Gordon

Former Managing Director in the Risk and Quantitative Analysis Group (RQA)
Rye, NY, USA

Sally Gordon recently retired from BlackRock. She is currently pursuing an interest in the relationships between medieval economics and modern finance … and to achieve that she will need to enhance her skills in medieval Latin … and to that end she is enrolled at Columbia University beginning in the Fall of 2014. 

Before her retirement she was a Managing Director in the Risk and Quantitative Analysis Group (RQA) at BlackRock. She had responsibility for monitoring and managing commercial real estate risks across a variety of investment vehicles, in both public and private investments andin both debt and equity segments.

Outside of BlackRock, Dr. Gordon has served on a Real Estate Finance Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve. She is also currently a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute.

She was frequently invited to speak or guest lecture at universities, including MIT, Cornell, and Wharton, as well as at professional conferences.  She has received several awards, including the Founder’s Award from the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (CMSA), the principal trade group for the CMBS market (that group has been renamed the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, or CREFC).

She has served on the Board of Governors of CMSA, as well as working on the Research Committee and chairing the Education Committee for that organization. In the latter role, she developed and presented a series of educational programs on CMBS (CMBS 101 and CMBS 201). She has also been on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI), a non-profit organization committed to the integration of academic research and practical financial investment and chaired the Research Award Review Committee of that group. She has also previously served on the Board of the Commercial Real Estate Division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (COMBOG) and chaired the Research Committee for that organization.

Dr. Gordon has previously performed research on commercial real estate property and capital markets for over 25 years, including for Moody’s Investors Service, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Citicorp, focusing on commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS),before concentrating on risk management for commercial real estate at BlackRock for the last several years.

Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology, and her M.S. and Ph.D. are in International Policy Studies, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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