Associate Dean for Advancement
B.S., Biology, Duke University (1996)
Deirdre Gordon is the associate
dean for advancement, leading the development and alumni relations functions
for the law school. Dean Gordon also manages the boards of the Law Alumni
Association and the UNC Law Foundation. Prior to joining the law school, she
spent her career in philanthropy at Duke University, working in a variety of development
positions in Duke Athletics, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas
School of the Environment and the Divinity School.
Dean Gordon lives in Durham with her two sons.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
M.A., Clemson University (2014); B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
Paul Brown joined the Advancement
team in 2018 as the assistant director of annual giving. His responsibilities
include directing all annual giving solicitations and managing various campaigns/programs - including the Firm Campaign, 3L Class Gift and reunion
Prior to joining the law school, he
worked at University Development at UNC and in higher ed. sales for the
non-profit publisher, Oxford University Press. A native of Apex, N.C., Paul currently lives in Raleigh with his wife, also
a UNC alum.
Regional Development Officer
M.Ed., North Carolina State University (2014); B.A., Duke University (2008)
Jordan joined the advancement team in November 2018 as a
Regional Development Officer covering Georgia, South Carolina, and Raleigh, NC.
Prior to joining Carolina Law, Jordan spent her career in
higher education with Duke University Athletics, Duke University’s Fuqua School
of Business, and Northwestern University’s Alumni Relations and Development. Jordan
has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and more than 5 years
of experience in philanthropy.
Originally from Kennesaw, GA, Jordan currently lives in
Morrisville, NC with her fiancé and their dog.
Advancement Services Coordinator, Annual Giving
B.A., Global Studies & Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
Ben Baker joined the advancement team in March 2019 in the Advancement Services Coordinator, Annual Giving position.
Prior to joining to the law school, he worked for UNC Chapel Hill Libraries as the assistant evening supervisor of Davis Graduate Library after working as a student worker and later a temporary employee.
Ben is a native of Weaverville, N.C. and currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
Director of Development
B.A., Latin American Studies, Smith College (2012)
Iris joined the advancement team in March 2019 as the Director of Development after years of working in development for Teach For America Eastern North Carolina. As graduate of Smith College, Iris began her career as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught high school English in Chalmette, Louisiana for three years before joining TFA administrative staff.
A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Iris now lives in Durham with her husband and their pets.
Regional Development Officer
Gard is a regional development officer, assisting with development and alumni
relations for the law school. He is a North Carolina and Texas licensed attorney with
over 15 years of experience practicing law. He has served a diverse array of corporate
clients at every stage of the business life cycle, first in Jones Day’s Houston
office, then in the Triangle at the Forrest Firm, Wyrick Robbins Yates &
Ponton LLP and Life Sciences Law, PLLC. Aaron's practice areas included
corporate formation and governance, commercial contracts and strategic
transactions. He also served as in-house counsel for the global investment bank
Credit Suisse in their Raleigh-based Center of Excellence.
received his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American
University in 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1997 from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a four-year
letterman on the varsity soccer team. He is an entrepreneur and founder
of the Durham-based multimedia company GreatestFan.
Hill, eastern and north central North Carolina, California, District of
Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado,
Delaware, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin
Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations
B.A., Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2009)
Kelly Mann joined the Advancement team in 2011 as the alumni
and donor relations coordinator. Her responsibilities include alumni data
management, alumni engagement and connecting alumni to the law school. She also
serves as the point of contact on most Office of Advancement events. She is an
Alamance County native and proud alumna of UNC Wilmington.
Kelly enjoys baking, spending time with her family and dogs,
and teaching dance.