Shabaka Gibson


Shabaka Gibson is the Director of CDL-Wisconsin. He has hands-on experience in creating community-based economic development programs designed to address business issues. Additionally, Shabaka has a strong understanding of innovation, small business development, policy, and economic development success factors.  Shabaka has worked around the world in corporate, government, and military capacities bringing in-depth knowledge of small business support, entrepreneurship, business development, and leadership.

Shabaka has a Doctor of Business Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus. His research has focused on innovative ecosystems, small business development, and other economic development considerations. Shabaka is a former Army Intelligence Officer and Iraq war veteran.