Jordan Gibson is a Program Associate in the Special Education Policy and Practice team at WestEd. He works with the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) to support stakeholder engagement, evidence-based practice, and results-based accountability and supports.
Gibson started his educational career as an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Pennsylvania, which included co-authoring a publication on implementation support for a social engagement intervention for children with autism in public schools.
Since 2011, he has been working on implementing culturally competent educational programming in southeast Alaska. He served in multiple roles while supporting the primary objective of Tlingit and Haida language and culture revitalization. Gibson currently lives in Hawaii where he has worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for primarily Native Hawaiian students with ASD and their families.
Before joining WestEd, he was the lead classroom teacher for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, a majority of whom have learning differences, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and dysgraphia. He has also managed a family foundation that gave grants to early childhood education programs serving Latino immigrant communities.
He received his MA in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2011, and a BA in political science from Yale University in 2006.