Jon GibbyMember, USC Master Plan Advisory Committee
Former General Manager, Exposition Park
From August 1999 to December 2007, Jon Gibby served as general manager of Exposition Park. As a gubernatorial appointee, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the 160-acre park, including the department of public safety, parking complexes, grounds and landscape maintenance, scheduling and leaseholds. He left that position to launch his own executive management company, which facilitates leadership transitions, organizational development and strategic alliances in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Gibby’s dedication to the local community is evident in his many years of past service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Figueroa Corridor Partnership Business Improvement District and his ongoing membership on the USC Master Plan Advisory Committee. He is a member and past director of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, and a former director of the North Area Neighborhood Development Council as well. Gibby also serves on the Friends of Expo Center Board of Directors and is a consultant with the Executive Service Corps of Southern California.
Gibby believes that the USC Master Plan presents an unparalleled opportunity to expand on the partnership between Exposition Park and the university, capitalizing on the world-class offerings of both campuses and the historic neighborhood. Such a melding, Gibby believes, will create a synergy that will strengthen the neighborhood’s infrastructure and enhance the educational, cultural, recreational and entertainment experiences for local residents, students and the city overall.
To be a success, however, the plan will need to conquer some tough hurdles, Gibby said, such as the growing parking problem facing the neighborhood. That is why – building upon already established partnerships and community trust – the USC Master Plan Advisory Committee brings together community stakeholders to confront these concerns and work on strategies to avoid potential problems.
“The growing vision of the Master Plan will benefit community stakeholders and USC students,” Gibby said. “It is building a bridge to the future.”