ROSE JACOBS GIBSON, a longtime resident of the Bay Area, discovered her passion for community involvement when she founded HAGAR, a non-profit agency focused on empowering single mothers by giving them the necessary tools to be successful parents, workers, and community members.
In 1992, Rose was elected to the East Palo Alto City Council, serving as mayor in 1995 and again in 1996. During her time on the council, East Palo Alto’s crime rate plunged while sustainable jobs and the tax base grew through the highly visible and successful Ravenswood 101 Retail Center and University Circle projects. In recognition of her outstanding service to the community, the California State Legislature honored Rose as the “Woman of the Year” for the 21st Assembly District in 1999.
Rose joined the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1999 as the first African American to serve on the Board, and was elected to subsequent terms in 2000, 2004, and 2008. She served as President of the Board in 2003 and 2007. Rose represented the Fourth district, which includes the communities of Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and unincorporated North Fair Oaks and Oak Knoll. Her 14-year tenure on the Board of Supervisors came to an end in January 2013.
Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson has been a relentless advocate for healthy communities and has held this vision throughout her career in public service. Her desire to improve the quality of life for all residents has motivated her to find systemic solutions to challenges and develop innovative, proactive approaches to build a stronger, more vibrant San Mateo County.