In the summer of 1999, Anne Cribbs became the Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC). She also holds positions as President of the Northern California Olympians, Vice-President of the U.S. Olympian Alumni Association, Director of Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member for Women’s Sports Foundation and Chair of the San Jose Sports Authority.
She has served on the boards of the U.S. Olympian Alumni Association, Stanford Athletics, Palo Alto SAFE (a partnership to fight substance abuse), Community Impact, 50-Plus Fitness, the Stanford Health Library, the Senior Coordinating Council and the American Heart Association.
Cribbs, president of the advertising and public relations firm of Anne Cribbs and Company, first gained recognition as a world-class swimmer when she won the Gold medal as a 14 year old at the Pan American Games in 1959. A year later at age 15, she competed as a member of the United States Gold medal-winning, 400-meter medley team in the 1960 Rome Games.
In 1991, Cribbs joined with Gary Cavalli to form Cavalli & Cribbs, a Northern California advertising, public relations and event management firm. They have represented clients and events such as World Cup ‘94, San Jose Sumo Basho, the Olympian “Welcome Home Dinner,” the East-West Shrine Game and the Stanford University Centennial Celebration. In 1996, Cribbs and Cavalli founded the American Basketball League, a professional women’s league. During its existence, the ABL set the standard for what women’s professional sports can and should be, creating a lasting legacy. On July 1, 1999, Cribbs formed Anne Cribbs and Company.
Cribbs received her AA degree from Foothill College, where she won the Outstanding Female Graduate Award, and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University.
Cribbs was Superintendent of Recreation, City of Palo Alto, from 1986 to 1991. She has created, managed and raised sponsorship funding for Bay Area community events such as the Palo Alto Jazz Festival, May Fête Parade, California Masters’ Games, Grand Moonlight Run, Grand Prix Run series, and the first Palo Alto Women’s Golf Tournament. She began the city’s first newsletter; organized a national conference on public golf; developed the Cubberly School Master Plan; and designed an alternative transportation program which won awards from the Metropolitan Transportation Committee, Santa Clara County and the Public Technology Institute.
Cribbs won the Palo Alto Tall Tree Award for community service in 1985; the 1997 Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Award; San Jose Mercury News 1998 Women of Achievement in Sports Award; and the 1999 Women of Vision Award. She is also a holder of Stanford’s coveted “Block S” award, a member of the Menlo-Atherton High School Hall of Fame and San Mateo County Hall of Fame.
Born in Burlingame, CA, and currently a Palo Alto resident, Cribbs and her husband, Ian Cribbs, have nine children and 21 grandchildren.