Dawn Gibbons is the former First Lady of Nevada, and the only one to serve as a state legislator. She championed public awareness for many important causes including: autism, domestic violence, human trafficking, child advocacy, mental health, substance abuse, and the military. She facilitated the popular anti-meth campaign, Crystal Darkness, and helped propel it to statewide, national and worldwide attention.
As a state legislator, Dawn established the Organ Donor and Tissue Task Force along with Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa which is at the UNR Medical School. The Nevada Police Protective Association named her Assemblywoman of the Year. She was honored by the Nevada Women’s Lobby Hall of Fame. Dawn changed the Nevada Constitution twice through two initiative petitions with overwhelming voter approval.
Dawn came to Reno with only a couple of hundred dollars. However, she had a strong work ethic and some fairly big dreams of her own. She graduated from the University of Nevada and became a successful businesswoman in downtown Reno. She also studied Due Process and Role of Administrative Law Judge at the National Judicial College. In addition, Dawn had a radio talk show with Fox News 1270 ‘The Inside Scoop’. She also did a political news segment with Jim Rogers on NBC in Nevada – “Dawn & Jim”. Dawn was SVP of Communications and Government Relations with KSNV NEWS 3, KRNV NEWS 4, and KENV NEWS 10. She was also the Vice President of Development for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Currently, Dawn is Commissioner & Chair of Nevada Transportation Authority.
Ms. Gibbons received many accolades including: Business and Professional Woman of the Year; French Ambassador for Nevada Opera Association; Who’s Who in Business; Who’s Who in Politics; Who’s Who of Women; Attorney General’s Role Model of the Year; Las Vegas Sun ‘Vegas Women to Watch’; My Vegas Magazine Woman of the Year; Distinguished Women and Men In Nevada; L.V. Women’s Magazine Woman of Philanthropy; Grant A Gift for Autism Honoree; My Vegas Women Top 100 Women of Influence; Nevada Donor Network Pioneer Award, Silver State Award for Excellence in Service; Northern Nevada Autism Network Award; Sheep Dip Lifetime Achievement Award; Multiple Sclerosis Hope Award; Nevada Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Honoree; Nevada Distinguished Woman of Excellence in Media; Hispanic and Lupus Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award; Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition Honoree: Filipino American Heritage Foundation; Mexican Patriotic Committee for Excellence in Service Honoree; Olive Crest Woman of Distinction; Finding Autistic Solutions for Tomorrow Award; American Lung Association Honoree; and Nevada Diabetes Association Honoree.
Gibbons has served on prominent boards as the Desert Research Institute, Reno/Tahoe Airport Authority; Reno Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority; Sierra Bank of Nevada; American Red Cross; Women of Diversity; Children’s Cabinet; Westcare; National Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free; Children’s Advocacy Alliance; 10,000 Kids; Positively Kids; Nevada Congressional Awards Committee; Former Chair of American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, and Circle of Red. She also served on the Executive Board of American Heart Association.
Of all her accomplishments the best one is the proud mom of Jimmy Gibbons, a Naval Aviator.