Zackary Gibson brings over 20 years of management and leadership experience to his positions as Chief Child Advocate and Director of the Office of Adoption and Child Protection for the State of Florida. He has an extensive background serving children and families and has held multiple positions within the various programs he has worked. Mr. Gibson began his career as a direct care staff at the Glen Mills Schools outside of Philadelphia, PA before transitioning to establish the Bay Point Schools, a residential juvenile justice program in Miami, FL. He served as the AM Senior Counselor and eventually became the Director of Training.
Mr. Gibson was recruited to Dallas, TX where he served as the Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director for the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Charter Schools. He oversaw all personnel delivering educational services to youth incarcerated or placed within county juvenile facilities. Staying within Texas, Mr. Gibson transferred to Houston where he served as the Administrator for the Harris County – Excel Academy, an alternative school serving middle to high school male and female students who have been expelled from either their home school or alternative school, and those who have been released from juvenile placement.
Upon being recruited back to Florida, Mr. Gibson served as the Area Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend where he helped revamp and start clubs in Leon, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. He successfully secured 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding and provided professional development to all locations. He was recruited by the Florida Department of Education to provide technical assistance and training activities and eventually became the statewide director of the unit. Upon the end of the administrative grant, Mr. Gibson worked at Florida’s Office of Early Learning to lead project management activities prior to being appointed to his current position.
Mr. Gibson holds a bachelors of science degree in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Natalie. He enjoys outdoor sports, fishing, and traveling.