Gyna M. Bivens is mayor pro tem of Fort Worth, Texas, the 12th largest city in the United States. She has served as District 5 City Council member since winning election in 2013 to her first, two-year term, and presides over the nine-member council in the absence of the mayor. Ms. Bivens is known as a champion for neighborhoods throughout east and southeast Fort Worth and an advocate of economic development and enhanced transportation options throughout the city.
Since 2006, Ms. Bivens has served as president and executive director for North Texas LEAD, a talent search firm dedicated to increasing diversity in corporate leadership ranks. LEAD was created by eight CEOs and former Fort Worth Mayor Ken Barr who realized the city was losing talented professionals whose opportunities for career advancement was limited. Through LEAD’s job preparedness approach, many have landed executive level positions after successfully navigating the LEAD process without out of pocket expenses.
She previously served as 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.
As a newly elected official, Ms. Bivens engaged in the work of the Texas Municipal League of Cities (TML) and the National League of Cities (NLC). She quickly was named vice chairwoman of the NLC’s Community Economic Development Committee and was appointed chairwoman of the group in 2018.
Her NLC role led her to host a significant Community Economic Development Committee meeting in Fort Worth during which members heard from executives from global aviation leader BELL (formerly known as Bell Helicopter) on advances in commercial, military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft.
In 2016, Ms. Bivens was appointed chairwoman of two TML Legislative Policy Committees: General Government and 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.
Ms. Bivens also serves on the NLC’s National Black Caucus – Local Elected Officials group, Women in Municipal Government and is a member of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members
Prior to her 2013 election, she served in numerous local government roles, including as the first chairwoman of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, now Trinity Metro. She served on several other municipal boards and commissions.
Outside her municipal roles, Ms. Bivens is a member of Fort Worth Human Resources Association; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; former vice president for membership for The LINKS Inc., Fort Worth Chapter; a board member for the Metropolitan YMCA of Fort Worth, and a board member for the American Cancer Society.
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 recognition.