Zan Gibbs

Chief Equity Officer

San Antonio, Texas

Biography

Zan was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and currently works for the Office of Equity for the City of San Antonio, as the Chief Equity Officer. Zan is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and managing equity and inclusion initiatives and polices, with the various City of San Antonio Departments.

Prior to this Zan was the Equity and Inclusion Program Manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation in Oregon for three years, and initially came to doing equity work within the public sector after spending twenty years working on various racial and social justice initiatives in the non-profit sector. This included designing racial justice community led active transportation programs in public housing programs, leading racial justice trainings and retreats for various non-profit organizations, religious and academic institutions, and doing community organizing around displacement and gentrification issues.

At the age 21, Zan founded and then directed for twelve years, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, which also earned Zan the Skidmore Prize in 2007 for designing and implementing innovative youth empowerment models. Zan is also a co-founder of the Portland chapter of Showing up For Racial Justice, and designed a unique model for building up white allies in the racial justice movement though core team and cohort models.

Zan has been a keynote speaker, facilitated multi-day racial justice retreats for environmental organizations from all over the country with the Center for Diversity and the Environment, delivered interrupting oppression and racial justice ally workshops with Western States Center, has a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on cross-cultural program design, and has used some of those skills to train community health workers in Rwanda, Africa, on utilizing smartphones to track and report on health equity data.

Fun facts: Zan is featured the documentary “Drag Becomes Him”, about Jinkx Monsoon, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, and someone Zan used to mentor. Zan also helped create the Riot Grrrl Archive in NYC, finished an Ironman triathlon with chronic asthma, lived in a school bus for three years, and loves riding bikes on any kind of terrain in any kind of weather.

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