About Diane Gibson-Gray
I am proud to call Antioch home for the greater majority of my life. I am a retired from the telecommunications industry and currently an Executive Director for a local nonprofit. I graduated from Antioch High School, as did my son, James K. Gray, III. My husband Ken Gray is a retired Recreation Supervisor for the City of Pittsburg.
School Board Experience
I was first elected to the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) as a trustee in 2008 and am currently serving my 2nd term. AUSD is the 2nd largest employer in the city of Antioch with a budget of $160 million, over 1,800 employees, 19,000 students and 25 school sites. I am proud and humbled to have a role in our community as your elected representative.
When I was first elected, Antioch Unified School District had one Linked Learning Academy at the high school level; today there are ten. Music, art and counselors have been reinstated and vice principals are in every elementary school. Two school bonds have been passed, bringing improvements at Antioch High School and at fourteen of our 40-year old schools. The Mello Roos Tax ends this year and the focus needs to be on improving the 20-year old southeast schools.
Antioch Unified School District has a new superintendent who has the courage to bravely face today’s unique issues, work collaboratively with parents, staff and community, understands that a budget drives goals and the district’s long-term objectives. We have great staff and students and our story is changing; however there is still more work to be done.
Shortly after graduating from Antioch High School, I began working at what I now realize was a “start-up” industry: Cable Television. My first position was Temporary Marketing Clerk and my last position was Regional Director for Northern California. I was responsible for many customer facing operations during my career: Call Centers, Cable Stores, Area Business Operations, Marketing and Government Affairs.
After a 28 year career I as given the opportunity to take an early retirement package. After a few months I realized 48 years of age was too young to retire and have worked the past 12 years as the nonprofit Executive Director for the Antioch Arts & Cultural Foundation. I am responsible for artist exhibits the downtown Lynn House Gallery, Free Antioch Summer Concerts in Waldie Plaza, partnering with other nonprofits on community events and endeavors. It is a wonderful life.
Throughout my career I have indulged my passion for my community. I’ve served on the Antioch Planning Commission, am currently a Rotarian, a Leo Fontana Foundation Board Member, 20-year Soroptimist and have worked on more events and committees that I can name. I like to keep busy.
Growing up in Antioch was wonderful and I believe Antioch has the potential to be wonderful again.
Making the decision to raise our family in Antioch, my husband and I purchased a home in southeast Antioch when we first married and enjoyed living in two southeast Antioch homes. In 2011, we moved from southeast Antioch to the downtown area and are enjoying living in a 1930’s historical home in Beede Park, across from Antioch City Park, where I played as a child. The prior owners had a tradition of decorating the flamingos in holiday wear and we have continued that tradition. We have enjoyed working on the home to make it ours.
My husband, Ken (James K. Gray Jr) is now fully retired and lives to play bocce. He is on five teams and has built a home bocce court to keep him busy. He is also very active in the community: Tri Delta Transit Board Member, First Baptist Head Start Board Member, Caring Hands Board Member and more. He continues to give back to the community. Our son James K. Gray III is an LMC and Cal-State East Bay graduate, lives in Antioch and works for BART.
I am fortunate to have the time and energy to make life interesting and fun. Antioch is a great place to work, live and play.
Thank you for allowing me be your Antioch Unified School District Trustee.