Steven Gibson was born in Korea of a Korean mother and an African American father. He spent his early years in an orphanage and after being adopted by an African American family he was raised in Santa Monica, California. Gibson attended high school in Santa Monica and went to UCLA. He later moved to Pasadena where he worked for the American Friends Service on North Fair Oaks for eight years. After the Fair Oaks office moved to Los Angeles, he worked for AARP as a staffer.
Before his career in non-profit corporations, Gibson became a Computer Scientist and built an International Computer business which he still operates today. When asked about whether he finished UCLA before starting his computer business, he said no and then reminded this writer that Bill Gates didn't finish Harvard before starting his computer business.
While taking some courses at PCC he attended PCC Board meetings and observed some inequities and obvious problems. At the Board meetings Gibson became aware that Board members seem to have little concern for the Pasadena/Altadena area and often made major decisions without proper information. He uses as an example that the incumbent that he is running against, Geoffrey Baum, made the motion to cancel the winter session at PCC, without much discussion.
It was stated that there were no funds for the session. The Board voted with Baum with very little discussion and later discovered that there were funds and voted to open for the winter session. Baum, who won the seat he holds without competition in the last election, made the motion that was voted on with little concern for the community by Board members.
Gibson also observed that the College has only one full-time top administrator, Dr. Jackie Jacobs, with all others serving either as interim or on a part-time basis. The college, which is one of the top third largest community colleges in the United States, deserves better governance.
He notes that PCC has one of the highest rate of students transferring to four year Universities. New students are discouraged from attending the college because priority for classes is given to students with seniority rather than where they live.
When discussing the inequities with some of the Professors at PCC, he was encouraged to run for the Governing Board of the College. He threw his hat in the ring for the November 3, 2009 election for the District 1 seat. Area one voters include West Altadena, Northwest Pasadena, and La Canada.
He believes that it is tragic that Pasadenans pay the hundreds of millions of dollars through taxes and bond measures to support the college but their students cannot attend PCC. He wants an opportunity to address and improve on these facts which are apparently being overlooked by the present Board who year after year just maintain the status quo.
He says that the present Board seems to have forgotten that the college is supposed to be a resource for the community that raises the hundreds of millions of dollars to pay its' bills. The community builds new buildings and pays the staff, all to serve the community. Yet the fact is that it has become a resource to other communities while not adequately serving the people of the Pasadena/Altadena area.
Gibson and his wife, Charlotte, live in Altadena. He is active in a number of community activities. He has recently planned an event to improve the attendance of students at PCC which is called, "Greater Pasadena Leaky Pipeline". It will address the question of why students from Pasadena/Altadena under-represented at PCC and what can be done about it. The event will be held on October 8, 2009 at the Altadena Senior Center at 7:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Karen Hooks. The public is invited. For more information Gibson may be reached by calling (562) 900-2834.