President, National and International Public Affairs Consulting

About Ronald Gibbs

Ron Gibbs is President of National and International Public Affairs Consulting (NIPAC) and provides strategic counsel to local governments, businesses, and nonprofits on public policy, legislative affairs, coalition building, and crisis communications. Since 2009, he has been a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where he teaches Political Feasibility Analysis: Winning Strategies in Public Policy. He also conducts seminars for corporate and nonprofit executives on developing successful public awareness and advocacy campaigns.

He received a Master's Degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Political Science from Drake University. He has studied at The Hague Academy of International Law, London School of Economics, and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.

Gibbs is a nationally recognized expert in public policy. He has a track record of implementing successful public affairs and public relations campaigns by using various policy and communications strategies and coalition building techniques. He has provided effective leadership in numerous public policy and social change areas dealing with urban and rural affairs, health care, hunger relief, diabetes education, Medicare reform, veteran's affairs, immigration, global poverty, farm bill reform, renewable energy, international child welfare, and human rights, among others.

He has worked in high level executive public policy positions for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, Department of Health & Human Services and National Association of Counties in DC. He was selected as a Congressional Fellow to work in the U.S. House and Senate as a legislative assistant. He has worked in high level positions for major nonprofit organizations including Feeding America and for UNICEF in New York. Gibbs was a senior vice president at Edelman and Fleishman-Hillard, two world-class public relations firms. He was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate and for the U.S. Senate from Illinois.

He established the Kim Foundation to help child victims of war, which is chaired by Kim Phuc. Her photo was captured by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Nick Ut after her village was napalmed during the Vietnam War and is an international symbol of the impact of war on children.

Gibbs has been nationally recognized for his work in creating a national coalition and spearheading the passage of the legislation through Congress that established the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited memorial in our nation’s Capital. As Jan Scruggs stated in his book, To Heal A Nation, "Ron spent many hours walking the halls of Congress. He never asked for public recognition or acclaim. His only desire was to see the 58,000 names of those soldiers killed inscribed in a place of honor." He served as an Army Infantry Captain in Vietnam and Germany.