Brian Gold ’91


“I am honored and truly humbled to be inducted into the CHHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. During my time at Heights, I learned three important lessons that sustained me throughout my personal and professional life. First, we are all more infinitely capable than we believe we are. Second, at the end of the day, the only person’s verdict that truly matters is the person looking back at you in the mirror. Lastly, help is always available to those who seek it. Teachers, mentors and peers at Heights endowed me with tools and mentoring, as well as the space to practice new skills without fear of failure, which became the springboard for a life worth living. I am forever indebted to Heights, and I am honored to momentarily carry, and then pass the baton to the next generation of Tigers.”

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Brian began his military career after graduating from CHHS by volunteering for the US Navy’s submarine fleet as a paramedic, becoming one of the few Americans to qualify for submarine service. After earning his BA in Political Science, as well as a JD from the University of Akron, he went on to gain commission as a Naval Officer, working as an intelligence analyst in Europe. After transferring to the Naval Reserve, he earned an honorable retirement from military service. Brian’s military career continues today with ongoing service to the Air Force and Department of Defense as a senior intelligence analyst. He also serves several veteran’s organizations, including the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Blue Star Families, where he actively works to support military families worldwide through peer support and family programming. Brian is an active member of the Sierra Club, and participates frequently in watershed cleanups and trail maintenance. He often brings his best friend-his young daughter- along with him, ensuring that his appreciation for nature is passed down to future generations.


AA Arts, Cuyahoga Community College

BA in Political Science, Cleveland State University

MMOAS (Master of Military Operational Art and Science), Air Command and Staff College

Current Occupation

JD, School of Law, The University of Akron


  • Being a husband and a dad, nothing has been more fun, exciting, unpredictable, and rewarding! My daughter is my mini-me!

  • Qualified for Submarine service, earning ‘Silver Dolphins’ in 1993 while aboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS John C. Calhoun SSBN 630

  • Earned Navy Achievement and Expeditionary medals while aboard the USS Enterprise CVN 65

  • In 2010, was among the initial cadre of United States Navy Officers assigned as Information Warfare Officers (IWO)

  • Chosen to serve in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence,

    as the Special Projects Lead

  • Selected as a Presidential Scholar while attending Cleveland State University