Sean Gibbons

CEO The Communications Network
Ideas, in order to have impact, have to move.

Sean Gibbons is the CEO of The Communications Network, which supports foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through the power of smart communications.

His commentary, writing and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, NPR, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, ABC News & the BBC.

Prior to joining The Communications Network, he was Vice President for Communications and Senior Fellow at Third Way, a public policy think tank in Washington. D.C.

Previously, he served as Director of Media Strategy at the Center for American Progress, which The New Yorker called, “perhaps the most important institution in Democratic politics.” At CAP, he created the organization’s innovative online video department and many of its social media platforms.

Before his career in public policy, Gibbons was an award winning producer at CNN, where he was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his role in the network’s live coverage of the September 11th attacks and served as the Washington Producer for Newsnight with Aaron Brown, American Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Earlier, he worked for CNN Financial News, overseeing Washington coverage for the CNN’s flagship financial news program, Moneyline.

Before joining CNN, he worked at ABC News on programs including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline with Ted Koppel & This Week with David Brinkley.

An honors graduate of Colby College, he was a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics, a student at Centro Bilingue in Cuernavaca, Mexico and has attended executive classes focused on leadership and strategy at The Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

He is an avid reader, trail runner, music enthusiast and baseball fan. He lives with his wife, two daughters, and dog in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Recent Publications:

5 Trends in Communications for 2017 – Council on Foundations

The Case for Communications Stanford Social Innovation Review

Making Ideas MoveStanford Social Innovation Review

Giving Voice to Powerful Ideas in the Information AgeChange Agent

Framing for Social Change (with Nat Kendall-Taylor)Stanford Social Innovation Review 




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