Leigh Gibson joins the Niskanen Center from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she served as a senior policy officer working to design and implement grantmaking strategies to increase the effectiveness of the Foundation’s investments in federal, state, and local policy change to advance health equity.
Previously, Gibson served as senior director of State Network Advancement and Leadership at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan policy institute committed to leveraging the power of federal and state policy to reduce poverty and inequality. At CBPP, she was part of the Center’s State Fiscal Project senior leadership team that coordinated the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network of 42 nationally acclaimed state policy organizations. Gibson oversaw two strategic planning cycles that helped SPP grow into a network with a budget of more $35 million and 250 staff committed to advancing social, economic, and racial justice.
Earlier, she was a senior program officer for the Fund for New Jersey, where she drove a new vision for the foundation’s giving and its Hurricane Sandy grantmaking to ensure the equitable distribution of more than $6 billion in federal aid.
Gibson earned her AB, MA, and PhD degrees at Princeton University and an MSW at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York.