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ULI AUSTIN SELECTS PAULETTE GIBBINS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 3, 2017 – The Austin District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced today it has selected 18-year structural engineering veteran and community leader Paulette Gibbins to lead the organization as executive director.
Gibbins joins ULI Austin after nearly five years as director of business development for Structures, an established local structural engineering firm. Gibbins was responsible for strategic planning, annual business plan development, cultivating and maintaining client relationships and branding, all helping to double the firm’s revenue during her tenure. Gibbins is a licensed engineer in Texas and Nevada with previous experience working with Walter P Moore in Houston and Austin.
“I have tremendous respect for ULI’s mission to provide leadership and act as a resource for the responsible use of land to create sustaining communities,” said Gibbins. “ULI Austin is doing amazing things for our community and has an incredible staff, board, advisory council and underwriting partners. I feel honored to engage these connections and initiate new conversations and relationships that keep Central Texas growing responsibly.”
Since arriving in Austin in 2002, Gibbins has been an active community leader and volunteer. Most recently, Gibbins serves on the Austin ISD Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC), where she helped produce AISD’s first comprehensive 25-year facility master plan and bond recommendations for the first phase to realizing the plan’s vision. Her engineering expertise has proven beneficial to help other citizen volunteers understand technical information from the district and consultants.
“At ULI, our focus is on creating thriving communities, and we’re confident Paulette will help us build on that mission,” said Edjuan Bailey, Chair of the ULI Austin District Council. “Paulette’s leadership and strategic vision will be key ingredients as ULI Austin continues to expand our position as a leader in the sustainable use of land.”
Gibbins is also a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Education Council, serving as an Austin ISD Trustee Liaison. Gibbins also held president and treasurer positions with the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and is active with the Real Estate Council of Austin, where she has supported neighborhood groups working to improve local parks. Additionally, Gibbins was recently selected for this year’s Essential Class of Leadership Austin.
Gibbins earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Structural Design from Cornell University.
Recently, David Steinwedell stepped out of the executive director role of ULI Austin to become the president/CEO of Affordable Central Texas, a newly formed nonprofit organization that is launching a fund to preserve and expand affordable housing.
In the past few years, membership of ULI Austin has increased by more than 100 percent to over 700, revenue has doubled, the number of sponsors has increased by 50 percent and the number of programs, workgroups and events has increased dramatically. ULI Austin has also progressed with its goal to serve Central Texas with members and activities ranging from San Marcos to Georgetown.