Marianne Gibson

Program Director, Behavioral Health

Marianne serves as the Program Director for Behavioral Health in the NGA’s Center for Best Practices. Her portfolio includes policy areas ranging from addressing substance use and overdose prevention to mental health promotion.

Prior to joining the NGA, Marianne served as the deputy director of the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC), an office established by Governor Larry Hogan (R- Maryland) in 2017, to coordinate the State of Maryland’s response to the overdose crisis. Before her role with the OOCC, Marianne worked for a local health department where she oversaw the implementation of behavioral health prevention programs, and at the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she provided technical assistance and evaluation support to jurisdictions implementing a public health planning framework to address substance use.

A lifelong Marylander, Marianne earned a bachelor’s in social work from Salisbury University and a master’s in health science from Towson University. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Addiction & Public Policy Scholars Program at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.