Ron Gilbert has served as the executive director of the Community Action Association since 2010.  Prior to that position, Gilbert held a number of public policy and governmental posts in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.  A native of Mississippi, Gilbert holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, and is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University's JFK School of Government. He has held adjunct appointments at the University of Alabama and Auburn University, teaching an array of courses in public policy development and implementation.