Rose Jacobs Gibson

Rose Jacobs Gibson


Hagar Services Coalition, Inc.

office: (650) 644-4228

Rose Jacobs Gibson served from 1999 to 2012 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, representing the 4th district, which includes the communities of Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and unincorporated North Fair Oaks and Oak Knoll. During her board service, she initiated Shared Vision, the county’s long-term strategic planning process, and was co-chair of the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County (HEART), a public-private partnership to create a funding mechanism to build new, permanently affordable housing. During her tenure, her priorities were affordable housing, strategies to reduce health inequities in San Mateo County and social justice, juvenile and criminal justice issues. Her desire to improve the quality of life for all residents motivated her to find solutions to problems and develop innovative, proactive approaches to build a stronger, more vibrant San Mateo County.

Prior to her service on the Board of Supervisors, Ms. Jacobs Gibson was a member of the East Palo Alto City Council from 1992 to 1999, and served as mayor twice. She was instrumental in turning the once high-crime-rate city into a “City on the Move,” as a result of successful economic and redevelopment projects. In 1999, she was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the 21st Assembly District of the California Legislature, and inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame.
Ms. Jacobs Gibson has served on numerous regional, state and national boards and committees, including the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) executive board, California State Association of Counties (CSAC) health and human services committee, and the National Association of Counties (NACO) human services and education steering committee. She is also a fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Class XII).

Ms. Jacobs Gibson is President/CEO of Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. Founded in 1994, Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. has a mission dedicated to planning and implementing intervention programs designed to restore, rebuild and renew families and community.

In 2016, Hagar will present two important grassroots programs: The East Palo Alto/Belle Haven Candidate School and the Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development (ILEAD) Introductory Series.

  • East Palo Alto/Belle Haven Candidate School will provide practical information that is helpful to anyone thinking about seeking elected office. The Candidate School will be hosted each 2016 February Thursday evening.
  • The Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development (ILEAD) will provide practical information and training for youth, adults and families about local government, civic engagement and leadership development. ILEAD Introductory Sessions are scheduled to be held in April/May 2016.

Ms. Jacobs Gibson continues to be a tireless advocate for myriad causes and strives to move from talk to action to build a better community for families and the community.

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