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Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon
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.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown
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 giving.

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.

Jordan Whitley

Jordan Whitley
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.  

Ben Baker

Ben Baker
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.

Tim Edelen

Tim Edelen
Advancement Services Coordinator, Major Giving
M.P.A., North Carolina Central University (2019); B.S., North Carolina Central University (2017)

Tim joined the advancement team in May 2019 in the Advancement Services Coordinator, Major Giving position. Before joining  Carolina law, Tim served as a student coordinator at Boomerang Youth inc,  and graduate assistant at North Carolina Central University. Tim currently lives in Raleigh, where he enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Carrie Clifford

Carrie Clifford
Director of Alumni & Donor Relations
B.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)

Carrie Clifford joined the Advancement Team in July of 2019 as the director of alumni and donor relations. Her overall responsibilities include engaging the School of Law's alumni, friends, and donors by developing, creating, managing, and evaluating communications, events, programs, and service opportunities.

Prior to joining Carolina Law, Carrie worked at UNC Charlotte as the coordinator of affinity networks and for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's headquarters, where she served as the director of alumni engagement and events for over six years. She has her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification from the Events Industry Council as well as a Meeting and Event Planner Certificate from UNC Charlotte.

A Charlotte, NC native, Carrie currently resides in Chapel Hill where she loves living in the city she attended college. She enjoys going to all the UNC athletic events she possibly can as well as volunteering in her local community. A die-hard Carolina Panthers fan, she also is in Charlotte whenever they play at home during the fall.

Iris Holt

Iris Holt
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 a 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. 

Aaron Gard

Aaron Gard
Regional Development Officer

Aaron 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. 

Aaron 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. 

Regions: Durham, Chapel Hill, eastern and north central North Carolina, California, District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin

Kelly Mann

Kelly Mann
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.

Matt Marvin

Matt Marvin
Regional Development Officer

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