Chair of By-Laws

Rita B. Gibson, Interim Executive Director – University Community Development Corp. – Atlanta, GA

Rgibson – ucdc@aucenter.edu

Rita Gibson is a native of Atlanta, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School and Spelman College with a degree in Economics.  She holds a Masters of Business of Administration from Howard University and has done further study at Georgia State University.

Rita has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Real Estate Development, Program and Policy Development having held positions at Invest Atlanta, The Integral Group, Atlanta Board of Education, the Juvenile Court of Fulton County and the Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth. While a the Integral Group she served as the Senior Development Director for the redevelopment of three of Atlanta’s public housing communities which leveraged Federal funds of more than $250 with private funds. These three communities – Villages at Carver, Capitol Gateway and Auburn Pointe are model mixed income communities in Atlanta. A strong advocate for housing equity, Mrs. Gibson is currently the Interim Executive Director of the University Community Development Corporation where she collaborates  with partners to help revitalize economically challenged and underserved communities with affordable housing which is critical to community health and quality of life.

She is the current President of the Ivy and Roses Community Foundation, Chair of the Board of Georgia Advancing Communities Together (GACT),  past Chair of the Villages at Carver YMCA board of directors, a member of the Caring Works Board, Advisory Board of National Church Residences, the Junior League of Atlanta, Georgia,  VOICES for Children  and an active member of the Spelman College Alumnae Association.

She and her husband Elwood, attend Cascade United Methodist Church, and are the parents of two adult sons and grandparents to three.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking for her family and making jewelry.