1983 | James O. Gibson is hired as executive director and became one of the few African-American foundation executives in the country. Mr. Gibson, formerly assistant city administrator for planning and development in the District, came to the Foundation with a background in urban social policy and civil rights. He left Meyer to direct a major program at the Rockefeller Foundation.
James O. Gibson, Meyer president from 1983 to 1985. Photo by Margaret Thomas courtesy of The Washington Post.