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Mr. David W. Gibson

Gibson pictureDirector, California Site Operations, Sandia National Laboratories


BS, Construction Management – University of New Mexico
MBA, Business Administration – University of New Mexico

Business/Research Background

David Gibson is Director of California Site Operations at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. He oversees all physical operations for the California laboratory, including the on-site medical clinic; employee services and benefits; engineering services; enterprise information systems; environmental management; security operations; logistics and facilities management; and occupational health and safety. Mr. Gibson joined Sandia in 1998, developing a deep passion for Sandia’s national security mission while working as a project manager in the Facilities Management and Operations Center (FMOC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Particular Knowledge and Skills

He has over 20 years of experience managing business and physical operations functions including facilities, ES&H, safeguards & security, project management, strategic planning, human resources, procurement, logistics, and business operations at Sandia.

In 2007, Mr. Gibson was selected to serve as a detailee to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Office of Infrastructure and Environmental Management in Washington, D.C.

Upon returning to Sandia in 2009, Mr. Gibson accepted his first management position in the FMOC Nuclear Weapons Customer Partnership department with responsibility for sustaining the mission-critical nuclear weapons infrastructure.

In 2013, Mr. Gibson was promoted to Senior Manager and Deputy Vice President of Infrastructure Operations. His primary duty was to serve as the technical advisor to the Sandia Vice President responsible for the corporate Safeguards and Security; Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H); and Facilities policy areas. He also served as the acting Director for the ES&H Center from January to May 2015.

In December 2015, he moved to Sandia’s California Laboratory as the Senior Manager of Collaborative Development and Operations to lead three departments focused on external partnerships with industry, academia, Department of Energy laboratories, and other federal agencies. He also managed business development and intellectual property for the California site. In 2017, Mr. Gibson assumed his current role as Director of California Site Operations.