Liz Gibbons outside in garden

Elizabeth “Liz” Gibbons

Knowledge of Government Policies and Procedures

I have 24 years of experience with the City Manager form of government in Campbell. During this time, I served in a variety of roles ranging from Project Manager for the Downtown Streetscape Project and establishing an endowment fund as a means of financially sustaining the Ainsley House and Historical Museum. Over the 17 years I served as Planning Commissioner, I garnered significant understanding of City codes and ordinances. The role also included annual reviews of the City Capital Improvement Plans and Budget. I served on the General Plan Committee in 2000 and the 2009 Housing Element update. In 2010, my colleagues elected me Chair for a third time. In this capacity, I conducted Public Hearings – calm and contentious as well as disappointing and rewarding. I successfully collaborated with 15 diverse community members who shared the dais during those years. I respect and support the open public process.

As a graduate of Supervisor Ken Yeager’s Santa Clara County Government 101 Program and Leadership Campbell, I have a clear understanding of the rolls and relationship between the County and City. As President of the American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter, I met and have negotiated with State and Federal legislators.



Architect on the job site.

Business and Professional Experience

As a licensed architect, I manage design and construction budgets from $5M to $100M. Under my direct supervision, teams of 5 to 25 staff produce exceptional on-time and on-budget work resulting in repeat clients.  I have negotiated contracts with clients and consultants, obtained project entitlements and provided construction management.  In this capacity, I have an innovative and successful track record with obtaining approvals in various Local, County and State agencies. I was LEED AP certified in 2004.  As a sole-proprietor architectural firm, a Fortune 500 company and pre-IPO companies were clients.

Elected by my peers, I served on the Board and subsequently, President of the American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter. In this capacity I also served on the Board of the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC), the single largest such organization in the country. In the latter role, I participated in legislative meetings and spoke against applying sales tax to professional services.  I served on the AIACC Long-Range Financial Planning Committee.  For these services, I was named a John F. Bolles Fellow.


Public Service

  • Planning Commission  1996 – 2013,  Chair 2000, 2005 and 2010
  • Campbell Emergency Response Team (CERT),  Morgan Park Member
  • American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley,  Board of Directors and President
  • American institute of Architects California Council, Board Member
  • Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House, Past Board Member
  • Country Woman’s Club of Campbell (CWCC)
  • S4C’s outreach to supporting Trades education in Public High Schools
  • Rebuilding Together (repairing homes of elderly/disabled for continued safe occupancy)
  • Campbell’s Great Gatsby Day co-chair
  • Save Our Library Campaign 2005,  Campbell Chair
  • Save Our Library Campaign 2013,  Campbell Chair



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    Liz receiving Citizen of the Year Award 2013

    Campbell Citizen of the Year, Campbell Chamber of Commerce 2013

  • Woman of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal 2008
  • Women and Girls Summit, Monroe Middle School  (sponsored by SVLG), Classroom Speaker
  • Applied Materials: Commendation – subleasing of 800,000 square feet in 1998-1999
  • Applied Materials:  1Q98 Outstanding Supplier Award
  • Seminar Director/Presenter:  Arizona Department of Transportation – Project Management Curriculum
  • Visiting lecturer: University of Oregon, Graduate School of Architecture and Allied Arts
  • Campbell Rotary:   What’s going on in Campbell


Personal History

Country Women's Club

Country Women’s Club

I have lived in Campbell since 1990 when I accepted the position of Project Manager for the Downtown Streetscape Project.   The project converted Campbell Ave back to two way, added street trees, parking, the Ainsley Park and the Orchard City Green.  My connection with Campbell took root with the “Great Gatsby Event” in 1991, a benefit for the newly relocated Ainsley House. Volunteering on the Ainsley House and Historical Museum Board and joining the Country Women’s Club were punctuated by chairing successful `Save Our Library’ campaigns in 2005 and 2013. I served 17 years on the Planning Commissioner; three times as Chair.  I found Campbell a community committed to its heritage, quality of life and future.

Great Gatzby Event

Great Gatzby Event

A licensed California Architect, I have more than 35 years of business experience. My core skill is working with people to define the problem and identify a range of solutions with criteria for decision-making. With their approval, I manage the implementation of the selected solution. My current focus is on residential design at my own firm.   Previously, I was an Associate with a San Jose firm where my work as Project Manager covered master planning, design and construction of Community Colleges, residential high-rise towers, and design of Art Museums. Previously, as a sole-proprietor firm, I had Silicon Valley Fortune Five-hundred and pre-IPO company clients.

I have served as a community member on the Facilities Committee of the San Jose Museum of Art and volunteered with Rebuilding Together, helping to refurbish a veteran’s home. Over several years, I volunteered with S4CA in San Jose’s Yerba Buena High School, working with students interested in architecture and engineering. Our project was to design a playhouse structure for the JW House at Kaiser Santa Clara. In 2008, I was celebrated by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence in Santa Clara Valley.”



  • Masters of Architecture,  University of Oregon
  • Certificate of Architecture,  Boston Architectural Center
  • Bachelor of Arts,  Newton College of the Sacred Heart