Dawn Gibbons is an industrious entrepreneur and communications specialist. In addition to being a rising star in the world of media, she is a well-regarded political figure in Nevada, having been an Assemblywoman (1991; 1998-2004), and the state’s first lady (2007-2010).
Today: Dawn lives in Las Vegas, working for Intermountain West Communications as the Senior Vice President of Intermountain West Communications Company. Intermountain West Communication covers the entire state of Nevada with KSNV NEWS 3 in Las Vegas, KRNV NEWS 4 in Reno, and KENV NEWS 10 in Elko.
Early and Personal Life: Dawn was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 20 she moved to Reno, Nevada, enrolled in classes, and graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies in Business. She went on to own a number of successful businesses and was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year (1988/89). Dawn is the mother of Jimmy Gibbons, a Naval Aviator, currently stationed at Virginia Beach.
Political Career: In 1991, Dawn was appointed to the Nevada State Assembly, filling a vacancy created when Jim Gibbons resigned his seat during Operations Desert Shield/Storm. She resigned from state legislature in April of that year, allowing Jim to reclaim the seat, and resumed her entrepreneurial career until 1998, when she was elected to the Nevada Assembly. She made history as the first and only state legislator to win a legislative seat in a primary. She then served in four legislative sessions and two special sessions from 1998-2004, and was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Nevada State Police and Protective Association. She twice changed the Nevada constitution through petitions and voter approval: the Gibbons Tax Restraint Initiative, and the Education First initiative. During this time, she was also awarded the 2002 Attorney General’s “Role Model of the Year” (AG Frankie Sue Del Papa), and in 2009 she was honored by the Nevada Women’s Lobby and placed in their Hall of Fame.
Other Ventures: Alongside her legislative accomplishments, Dawn is credited with the heading of the Organ and Tissue Donor Program at the University of Nevada Medical School. She helped to propel the popular Crystal Darkness Campaign, and has championed fundraising and public awareness for many causes, including: autism, domestic violence, human trafficking, drug addiction, and the military. Dawn has served on prominent boards such as the Desert Research Institute, Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, Washoe County Visitors and Convention Authority, Sierra Bank of Nevada, American Red Cross, Children’s Cabinet, Westcare, National Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, and Positively Kids. She was the 2011/2012 chairwoman of Go Red for Women with the American Heart Association, and she ran her own radio talk show with Fox News 1270. She is listed in the 20th year Women and Men of Distinction for Nevada (2013) and Women of Distinction 2014. Dawn was also named Las Vegas Women of Influence 2014 and Distinguished Women of Nevada 2014.