Mordecai, a native of Milwaukee, attended UWM as a freshman. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UW-Madison and received a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
From 1972-76, he served in Washington, D.C. as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and then on Capitol Hill as legislative assistant to a Wisconsin congressman.
He was elected to the State Assembly from Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood in 1976, 1978 and 1980. He was elected State Senator in 1982 and reelected four years later. In 1986 Milwaukee Magazine named him one of 'Wisconsin's Ten Best Legislators.'
In 1990, he was appointed executive director of a nonprofit agency, Milwaukee's Jewish Council for Community Relations.
Mordecai joined UWM's faculty in 1997. He teaches credit and non-credit classes in public administration and nonprofit management.
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