garrison gibbons

people person

Garrison (he/him) is a culture connoisseur, hypergrowth expert, internal communications & executive communications specialist, DEI practitioner, and public speaker. 

He currently works as the Head of People & Comms at Knotch, overseeing both the HR and Communications functions. Prior to Knotch, he worked at Mic in People Operations. He led the transition after Bustle Digital Group acquired Mic. He has also worked in the fitness industry, overseeing People and Operations - first at Barry's, before being brought on as hire #5 at Rumble.

Being brand and mission driven, Garrison has worked exclusively for companies who make a societal impact. He uses this mentality to impact morale and culture internally and further brand perception and awareness externally. He's an expert in innovating and scaling practices, particularly in the startup and hyper-growth stage. His personal values are leading with empathy, practicing proactive transparency, and fostering an inclusive environment. He is openly queer and works heavily in in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging space.

Garrison was recently named Crain's New York's 20 in Their 20's, Involve's HERoes 50 Executive Advocates 2020, and Business Equity Magazine's 40 LGBTQ+ Executives Under 40. He was a finalist for the Digiday Worklife award for HR Leader of the Year.

He lives (and currently works) in Harlem with his partner of nine years, Jay, and his nine-year-old dog, Bindi.




Garrison Gibbons listed as one of BEQ's 40 LGBTQ+ Executives Under 40

Class of 2021 Business Equity Magazine's 40 LGBTQ+ Executives Under 40

"The year 2020 feels like a worldwide wake-up call in so many ways. As a leader, I realize the most important thing I have learned and will take forward is…

'Closing my office door when I am on calls, so my partner doesn’t walk behind in his underwear – which happened multiple times this year, but most memorably when I was speaking on a panel about work-life balance.'" 



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The Hacking HR Podcast

December 2020

Interview with Garrison Gibbons – Garrison is the Head of People at Knotch, overseeing strategy, DEI, talent, culture, and operations. Being mission driven, he has worked exclusively for companies that make an impact with their work. He uses this mentality to impact company morale and culture and is an expert in innovating, elevating, and scaling practices and policies, especially in the startup and hyper-growth space.



Crain's New York's 20 in Their 20's - Garrison Gibbons

Garrison Gibbons on Pride, People and Promoting Diversity at Work

3 Ways to Stay Connected and Not Feel Lonely

How To Celebrate Your LGBTQ+ Employees Every Day

5 Ways to Keep Employees From Burning Out During the Pandemic

Today's Top Workplaces Are Prioritizing Mental Health


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