Scott T. Gibson
For decades, Melwood, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support services to people with differing abilities, had used a special work permit that allowed it to pay its employees with disabilities below the federal minimum.
At the conclusion of an internal analysis he led, Scott T. Gibson, vice president of human resources at Melwood, decided the practice was contrary to the organization’s vision and should be discontinued. The added costs to raise these workers’ pay “…was not only manageable, but was also a prudent investment in our mission to advocate for people with differing abilities,” Gibson said.
Melwood then helped persuade Maryland’s lawmakers to prohibit the use of these special work permits in the state, he said. Gibson offered his testimony to members of the House of Delegates and the state Senate, and explained how the change would not be financially manageable and be consistent with ideas of equality and civil rights.
“I approach my work with passion and purpose, because I approach work with a sense of both the impact that I hope to make and what I need to contribute to actually make that impact,” he said.
Gibson’s commitment to the community extends beyond the borders of his day job. He serves on the board of the Admiral Heights Improvement Association, is a member and chairman of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts’ All That Art committee and served as a board member and vice president of Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding.