Liz Gibbons serves as Mayor following her election by the City Council on December 12, 2016. Ms. Gibbons was elected to the City Council in November 2014 and served as Vice Mayor in 2016. Mayor Gibbons first became involved with the City of Campbell in 1990 as Project Manager for the Downtown Streetscape Project, a project that converted Campbell Avenue back to a two-way street, and added street trees, parking, and the Ainsley Park and Orchard City Green. Her connection to Campbell took root such that she served in many volunteer capacities, including establishing the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation Endowment.
Gibbons was appointed to the Campbell Planning Commission in April 1996, and served for 17 years, including three terms as Chairperson. The years in-between were punctuated by having chaired successful `Save Our Library’ campaigns in 2005 and 2013, which yielded majority support by Campbell voters. In 2008, Gibbons was celebrated by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a "Woman of Influence in Santa Clara Valley". She also completed County Supervisor Ken Yeager’s “Santa Clara County Government 101 Academy”, as well as the “Leadership Campbell” program.
In March 2014, Gibbons was honored as Campbell’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce. Having received a master's of architecture degree, Gibbons established her architectural practice in Campbell in 1999. She has been an LEED-certified professional since 2004. Her career has recently included leading clients through the process of Master Planning community college campuses, establishing project budgets, and managing the construction of multimillion-dollar campus buildings. Previous clients include Silicon Valley Fortune 500 and pre-IPO companies. As President of the American Institute of Architects, Gibbons has worked extensively with Federal and State legislators. For these services, she was named a John F. Bolles Fellow. Gibbons also worked with Rebuilding Together, to make veterans' homes accessible, and with at-risk high school students in a playhouse competition for Kaiser JW House families. Councilmember Gibbons also currently serves as a mentor to five ‘emerging’ architects. Gibbons has a reputation as a master sailor, occasional scuba diver, and a rare skydiver. Lately, her time is spent on designing an energy-efficient home remodel and in being involved with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She strongly encourages all residents to join Campbell’s CERT.
2017 Committee Assignments:
City Manager Performance/Compensation Subcommittee
City Attorney Performance/Compensation Subcommittee
City Clerk Performance/Compensation Subcommittee
Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House Foundation
Cities Association of Santa Clara County Representative, Selection Committee & Legislative Action Committee
CDBG Program Committee (Santa Clara County)
County Expressway Policy Advisory Board
County Library District JPA Board of Directors
Silicon Valley Clean Energy JPA Board of Directors Executive Committee
West Valley Mayors and Managers