Northern Congressional Award Director; Former First Lady - Nevada
Dawn Gibbons is the former First Lady of Nevada, and the only one to have been a state legislator. She has championed fundraising and public awareness for many important causes, including: autism, domestic violence, human trafficking, drug addiction, and the military. She helped propel the popular Crystal Darkness campaign worldwide and co-chairs the Organ Donor and Tissue Task Force at the University of Nevada Medical School. The Nevada Police Protective Association named her Assemblywoman of the Year. Twice, she changed the Nevada constitution through initiative petitions with overwhelming voter approval: the Gibbons Tax Restraint Initiative, and the Education First initiative.
Having graduated from the University of Nevada, Dawn is also a successful businessperson, and has received many accolades, including: Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year: Who’s Who in Business; Who’s Who in Politics; Who’s Who of Women; the Attorney General’s Role Model of the Year; My Vegas Woman of the Year award, and the Las Vegas Women to Watch award.
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, and National Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, and Children’s Advocacy Alliance. She was the 2011/2012 chairwoman of Go Red for Women with the American Heart Association and the 2012-2014 Chairwoman of Circle of Red.
Dawn had her own radio talk show with Fox News 1270 called The Insdie Scoop” and did a political news segment with Jim Rogers on the NBC affiliates in Nevada known as “Dawn & Jim”. Dawn was SVP of Communications and Government Relations with KSNV NEWS 3, KRNV NEWS 4, and KENV NEWS 10.
Currently, Dawn is V.P. of Development for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is the mother of Navy LT. and naval aviator, Jimmy Gibbons.