Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. W. Shawna Gibbs
Re-Elected: January 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2019
The Honorable W. Shawna Gibbs, Gibbs4Kids, is a passionate advocate for children and families who overwhelmingly won re-election to the Columbus City Schools’ Board of Education in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She is completing her 13th year of service.
Currently, she serves as Chair of the Boards’ Innovation and Reform Committee and Board External Monitoring Committee. She Co-chaired the Facilities Master Plan Review Committee which guides the Districts’ multibillion-dollar school construction program. Gibbs is a Board Trustee of I Know I Can and the Ohio School Board Association.
Born and raised in Brittany Hills, she spent her days in Brentnell Recreation Center and Maryland and Windsor swimming pools. She saved money for college by working at the Columbus Urban League by day and the Sunbury Road Dairy Queen at night.
Shawna Gibbs’ time and talent to created sustainable social change through her work at CMACAO, Girl Scouts and IMPACT Community Action. She helped charter the first Columbus Urban League Young Professionals Association and is well known for her leadership of the Shirley Chisholm Conference for Girls in Government, the Dr. Alexa Canady Conference for Future Doctors and Dentists and the Morning of H.O.P.E. for Teen Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the All-Ohio School Board and earned her Master School Board member designation in 2019.
Gibbs is also a strong supporter of the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP), City Year Columbus and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Shawna Gibbs is a proud alumnus of The Columbus Alternative High School and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Faith Ministries Church where she leads the Middle & High School Ministry. She enjoys NASCAR, football, boating and gardening.
Of her many achievements, she believes her highest honor is being called Mommy, daughter, sister, Soror, auntie, mentor and friend.
* All biographic information has been provided by the individual board members