Speaker profile: Gordon Riggle

Senior Lecturer, Leadership & Strategy
Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado

Gordon Riggle is an accomplished leader in government, business and the military. Today he teaches leadership and strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has a
consulting practice in leadership, strategy, and government relations. In 2015 he received the university’s Marinus Smith Teaching Award for his positive impact on undergraduate

Prior to moving to Colorado, Riggle served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration provides round-the-clock support to all agencies within the Executive Office of the President. Before that appointment, he worked as a Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate. He also served on President George H. W. Bush’s Transition Team as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney.

During his military service, Riggle was a Captain in the United States Navy, commanding the destroyer USS KINKAID in the Pacific and a “Swift” patrol boat in Vietnam. In shore assignments, he was Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served in various long range planning roles.

Throughout the 1990s Gordon did strategic planning and advanced business development with Ball Aerospace, first in Washington, D.C. and later in their Boulder headquarters. Riggle was also
elected to three terms on the Boulder City Council and served from 1997 to 2005.

An outdoor enthusiast and distance runner, Riggle competes in marathons and mountain trail races. He is a member of the Community Affairs Council of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and former member of the board of Boulder Tomorrow.

His education includes a master in public administration from Harvard University, the Program for Senior Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and bachelors in philosophy from Lafayette College. Gordon and his wife Marietta, a management consultant, live in Boulder. They were foster parents for infants and toddlers with Boulder County for ten years.