Gyna M. Bivens serves as president and executive director of North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD), a consortium of major employers in North Texas whose chief executive officers seek to increase diversity in their managerial ranks.
LEAD – formerly known as the North Texas BOLD Initiative – was launched as a corporate community partnership and has attracted applicants from 16 states. More than 500 professionals have found employment after going through the LEAD process.
Prior to accepting this role, Bivens was recruited in 1998 to become the first African-American corporate spokesperson for one of the nation’s largest electric utility companies. Her duties at Oncor Electric Delivery were to develop and deliver media strategies to address critical issues such as the company’s environmental footprint.
In spite of her short tenure in that role, she was promoted to the position of area manager in October 1999. In that role, she was responsible for municipal, community and media relations in several cities. Her cities of responsibility are Trophy Club, Southlake, Roanoke, Marshall Creek and Westworth Village. She has also had responsibility for Westlake, Burleson, Crowley, Willow Park and Aledo.
Bivens spent part of her career as a television news reporter, giving her the opportunity to interview every U.S. president dating back to Jimmy Carter. Following her last reporting job at KMOL-TV in San Antonio, Bivens was appointed the public information manager for the City of San Antonio.
She has volunteered with many organizations, and was twice elected Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. While serving on the board, she helped raise public awareness about public awareness by creating the cable access program Thinking Outside the Box.
Bivens has served on more than 30 boards and commissions in varying capacities including:
- Facilitator American Public Transportation Association
- Board Member Women’s Policy Forum
- Board Member YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
- Board Chair Fort Worth Transportation Authority
- Board Member United Way of Tarrant County
- Board Member United Way of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
- Board Member Regional Transportation Council (14-County Region)
- Board Member Commercial Board of Adjustment – City of Fort Worth
- Facilitator and Committee Member American Public Transportation Authority
Bivens also has been recognized, awarded and presented on numerous occasions by several organizations including:
- Outstanding Women of Texas Fort Worth Business Press Griot Award Winner Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators
- African American Forum GE
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics African American Leadership Forum
- Award of Excellence Dallas Press Club Katie Awards
- Excellence in Diversity Dallas Human Resources Association
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