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Alexis Gordon, September 2021
Alexis Gordon is the International Business Manager and Chief of Protocol for the City of Charlotte. Within the Economic Development Department, she cultivates international business opportunities and maintains international connections for the government and the community. Her job includes coordinating with foreign firms located in the region to help them stay connected to resources to grow their businesses, helping local companies explore opportunities to enter global markets and working with prospective companies who are interested in opening shop in Charlotte. On the protocol side, she helps visiting diplomatic delegations learn about our community and sets-up meetings with partners and government officials to showcase the best our city has to offer. Additionally, she advises government officials and staff on international affairs and manages the departments communication needs.
In 2008, Alexis began working in Charlotte’s international community at the Mayor’s International Cabinet and helped transition the non-profit organization into its current government role as the Charlotte International Cabinet. She’s presented to national forums through Welcoming America, the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign created under the Obama Administration, and the Consular Corps College.
Before working with the Cabinet, she completed her Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University and The Netherlands Institute for International Relations, Clingendael. While studying in the Netherlands, Alexis became interested in subnational diplomacy, and specifically how cities functioned in today’s globalized political and economic reality. Her thesis, The Cosmopolitan Metropolis: Why Cities Vie for a Role in the International System explores international activities taken by municipalities across the globe, with specific focus on The Hague, the Netherlands and of Charlotte, NC.
In what she will often refer to as her pervious life, Alexis worked for the Charlotte area news media. She began as a radio reporter assigned to the government beat at WRHI in Rock Hill, SC. She moved to WCNC- TV to become a News Assistant and produced local cut-ins to run live during the Today Show. In 2003 she became one of the 10 o’clock news producers at WCCB.
Alexis uses her networking and communication skills to help many organizations in Charlotte and you will find her volunteering or advising others to help with media and community outreach. She is currently serving on the Charlotte Regional Business Alliances Young Professionals board. She holds recognition for the following awards: 2019 Leader in International Commerce Award winner from the Carolinas World Trade Association; Charlotte International Rotary Club’s 2017 Global Service Award - Under 40 Recognition; 2017 Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40; and was a 2015 Finalist for the Young Professional Public Servant - Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Award.
Alexis, who was born in Honolulu, grew up in a Marine Corp family. She is proud of being a military brat and living in several foreign countries instilled a great love of travel and devotion to fostering a cohesive global community. This adventurous spirit led her to Antarctica where she filmed a documentary on mankind’s influence on the frozen continent while working on a BA in Mass Communication-Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Winthrop University. Even though she has moved most of her life she quickly adopted the Carolinas as her home and is proud to say she choose to become a Charlottean.