Biography - Sandra Gibson
Sphinx Board of Directors
Sandra Gibson began her professional experience with her tenure as program representative for UCLA Extension’s Department of the Arts, where she oversaw 180-200 performing and integrated arts seminars and events annually and coordinated professional certificate programs in recording arts and sciences, film scoring and recording engineering. Gibson later joined the senior management team as head of West Coast operations at American Film Institute, where she also served as director for the Independent Filmmaker Program, an NEA re-granting program that established her as a leader and major fundraiser in the field. Gibson’s work as the executive director of the Public Corporation for the Arts, the Long Beach Arts Council in California, developed her gifts for working with diverse cultural communities, individual artists, philanthropy, civic leadership and patrons of arts and culture. Eventually, she was appointed chair of board of directors for the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, a statewide consortium of local arts councils, and an officer of the National Association of Local Arts Agencies, where she again distinguished herself as a national arts advocate and visionary cultural leader. Most recently Gibson has the led the development of an eco-leadership forum that advances the goals and action agenda of Culture|Futures, an international collaboration of organizations and individuals in the nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropic, economic development , political and policy arenas who are concerned with shaping and delivering proactive support for the transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050. In July 2011 Gibson began work as an independent consultant and serves as a Consulting Advisor to the DeVos Institute for Arts Leadership at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a board member of the National Center for Creative Aging, on the National Advisory Board of Folkways Records and on the founding board of the Resource Center for Cultural Exchange.