Profiles in Leadership
Janet Gibbs, '10 MBA
CFO, Feeding America
Janet Gibbs is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Feeding America, a non-profit organization consisting of over 200 food banks and food rescue organizations that support over 60,000 hunger programs including pantries, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and soup kitchens. It is the leading hunger-relief charity in the country and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Gibbs provides guidance on strategic, operational, and technology and financial issues for Feeding America and also maintains the finances of the organization through budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting.
Gibbs has gained extensive experience from her previous position with the American Bar Association. She served as the Associate Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for the organization, and provided leadership for all human, financial, and capital resources in Chicago and Washington D.C. Gibbs was responsible for overseeing an operating budget of $213 million, including $35 million of international grant activity.
Prior to her position at the American Bar Association, Gibbs served as Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Loyola University Chicago. She oversaw a $316 million operating budget and a $16 million capital budget, while leading the organization’s Redesign for Results initiative. Through this initiative, Gibbs was responsible for over $2 million in annual savings and a reduction in operating expenses.
Due to Gibbs’ expertise in the business and non-profit settings, she holds multiple volunteer positions. Gibbs is on the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and serves as the Board Treasurer. She is also President of the Board of Directors for Asian Human Services. Gibbs has held Board roles at many professional associations, including National Association of College and University Business Officers, Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and American Society of Association Executives.
Gibbs is a Certified Public Accountant who received her MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and quantitative analysis from the University of Cincinnati.