Eric Gordon leads the City Accelerator's cohort on Local Government Engagement. He is an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College where he is the founding director of the Engagement Lab. He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Eric studies civic media and public engagement within the U.S. and the developing world. He is specifically interested in the application of games and play in these contexts. In addition to being a researcher, he is also the designer of award-winning "engagement games," which are games that facilitate civic participation. He has served as an expert advisor for the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent, the World Bank and municipal governments throughout the United States.