Arlene Gibbs

Arlene Gibbs brings more than 20 years working in the public sector; including serving as the Director of Human Resources for San Diego State University, the largest California State University campus with over 6,700 faculty and staff. She also has worked with several small and large public agencies including the City of San Jose and the City of Tustin, as well as several special districts.

Arlene has led and participated in local, regional, and statewide efforts with the League of California Cities and IPMA. While at San Diego State, she led the Human Resources Directors Committee for the 23 campus system of Human Resources service delivery.

Her experience encompasses all facets of Human Resources, and Employee and Labor Relations, including serving as the chief spokesperson during labor contract bargaining.

Arlene spent the last several years as a key executive, contributor, and change agent growing a non-profit organization. She helped shepherd an expansion involving modernizing, integrating programs and services, engagement of internal and external strategic planning efforts, and enhancing branding and outreach.

Arlene earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Labor Relations from California State University, Long Beach. She holds the professional certifications IPMA-CP and SPHR.

Arlene came to Gallagher from Koff & Associates, a full-spectrum human resources and recruiting services firm serving the public sector. K&A joined Gallagher in 2021.