As a member of the United Earth Parliament, c. 2160, she aided in negotiations with other powers such as the Vulcans and Andorians that led to the ratification of the United Federation of Planets. (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: "Heritage"/"Irina")
In 2164, Gordon ran against Lydia Littlejohn in the United Earth Presidential elections, but lost. She turned down cabinet positions in both the United Earth and fledgling United Federation of Planets governments to become a professor at Georgetown.
Gordon's memoir, Worlds Apart, Worlds Together, was widely read and was the basis of a holomedia series released on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Federation.
Gordon's maternal grandmother was Helena Adiwoso.
The character's surname was taken from the maiden name of the author's high school biology teacher.