The Gebbie Foundation Board of Directors announced Thursday the appointment of Gregory J. Edwards as the new chief executive officer for the Gebbie Foundation.
Edwards' position with the Gebbie will be effective Nov. 15. Edwards currently serves as the county executive of Chautauqua County, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to his election as county executive, Edwards had been engaged as a partner in two local law firms.
"Greg brings a diverse set of experiences to the Gebbie Foundation," current Gebbie Board President Kristy Zabrodsky said. "His knowledge of both the public and private sectors will help us further our strategic focus and will enhance our collaborations with community and regional partners. We are extremely excited to welcome Greg to the foundation team."
Edwards is a member of many professional organizations and boards. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed him to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. Edwards is also a member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board and currently sits as a member - and past president - of the New York State County Executives Association.
Edwards earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and his Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Toledo. According to the board, Edwards will bring his professional, energetic and result-oriented approach to the Gebbie Foundation, and will advance its strategic mission to rejuvenate downtown Jamestown through investments in community and economic development initiatives.
"I am excited to join the team of professionals at the Gebbie Foundation, and I look forward to continuing to serve the community in this new role," Edwards said.
The Gebbie board conducted an extensive search through a Western New York human resource-consulting firm for an individual to replace the current CEO, John Merino. Merino announced his intention to retire from his position earlier this year.