Gyna Bivens

District 5 City Councilmember

Councilmember Gyna Bivens

Gyna M. Bivens serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the Fort Worth, Texas. She has served as District 5 City Council member since winning election in 2013 to her first, two-year term. Ms. Bivens is known as a champion for neighborhoods throughout east and southeast Fort Worth and an advocate of economic development, revitalization and speaking up for senior citizens.

Since 2006, Ms. Bivens has served as has served as President and Executive Director for North Texas LEAD, a talent search firm dedicated to connecting management level professionals to member corporations seeking top talent. Through LEAD’s job preparedness training, many have landed executive level positions after successfully navigating the LEAD process without out of pocket expenses.  

She previously served as corporate spokesperson for the electric utility (TXU aka Oncor) and was later promoted as a liaison to several municipalities. Area Manager for Oncor Electric Delivery/TXU Electricity & Gas following a successful career as a broadcast journalist, a newsroom bureau chief and as a public information manager for the City of San Antonio, where she led media relations, crisis communications and created the city’s first cable access television program.

Ms. Bivens professional career started as a news reporter where many of her stories aired on network radio and television news outlets. She was a news reporter for NBC-TV affiliates in Lubbock and San Antonio, KRLD News in Dallas and Bureau Chief for FOX-4 News (Dallas).

As a newly elected official, Ms. Bivens engaged in the work of the Texas Municipal League of Cities and the National League of Cities. After being appointed to Community Economic Development (a federal advocacy committee), she became Vice Chair and later served as Chair.  Bivens serves on NLC’s Board of Directors and is the liaison to NLC’s Strategic Partners.  

In 2016, Ms. Bivens was appointed chair of two TML Legislative Policy Committees: General Government, Annexation, and Regulation of Development. Her primary duty was to identify critical issues for municipal leaders likely to come up during the 85th Legislative Session, which began in January 2017. Her advice: Be wary of legislative encroachment on local control and build the alliances needed to defeat it.  This issue remains a top priority concerns to this day as efforts escalate to usurp local control.

In addition to serving on the Fort Worth City Council, she is Vice Chair of the Regional Transportation Council

Outside her municipal roles, Ms. Bivens has served on more than 30 boards and commissions.  Currently, she is a member of Fort Worth Human Resources Association; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; and the Fort Worth Chapter of the LINKS, Incorporated. She has been honored as a Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press and has won the Award of Excellence (Katie Award) from the Dallas Press Club and the Excellence in Diversity award from the Dallas Human Resources Association, among other recognitions.

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District History

Gyna Bivens 7.9.2013 to present

Franklin Moss 5.12.2007 to 7.9.2013

Donavan Wheatfall 6.11.2004 to 5.12.2007

Franklin Moss 8.8.1998 to 6.6.2004

Eugene McCray 5.6.1995 to 5.21.1998

McKinley Jackson 5.3.1993 to 5.6.1995

Eugene McCray 5.20.1989 to 5.3.1993

Bert C. Williams 4.10.1979 to 5.20.1989

Mrs. Walter Barbour 4.19.1977 to 4.10.1979

(First single member district election occured on April 19, 1977.)

Hugh Parmer 4.14.1975 to 4.5.1977

Ted C. Peters 4.9.1969 to 4.14.1975

Vaughn Wilson 4.24.1967 to 4.9.1969

T. Z. Hamm 4.16.1963 to 4.24.1967

Gene Cagle 4.7.1959 to 4.16.1963

Jess E. Roach 4.6.1955 to 4.7.1959

F. E. Deen 12.20.1944 to 4.6.1955

Marvin D. Evans 7.23.1938 to 12.12.1944

John W. Oglesby 2.7.1938 to 7.23.1938

T. J. Harrell 12.12.1933 to 9.6.1937

William Bryce 4.7.1925 to 12.12.1933