Barbara Gervin-Hawkins was born April 3 1954. The daughter of a single mother, Barbara grew up with her five siblings in Detroit, Michigan.
After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1975 with a degree in accounting, Barbara began working at Ford Motor Co. When her brother, NBA Hall of Famer George “The Iceman” Gervin, moved to San Antonio, Texas to play for the Spurs, Barbara moved with him to the Alamo City to work as his personal accountant.
After he retired, Barbara and George founded the George Gervin Youth Center Inc. in 1991, a program that initially focused on providing workforce development services to underprivileged youth. The program became so successful that soon after they added a charter school that currently boasts a 100% graduation rate for over 1,000 at-risk students and employs over 200 San Antonians.
For the past three decades, Barbara has proven to be a strong community leader in many ways. A former board member of the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce, Barbara has also served on the zoning commission for District 2 and on many other boards in various capacities.
Through innovative thinking and her ability to collaborate with others to get things done, Barbara has brought in over $180 million dollars in revenue for the City of San Antonio and spearheaded the building of over $50 million dollars in real estate projects and affordable housing units in District 120. Her efforts led Barbara to be inducted to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame.
Barbara is a member of Mount Zion First Baptist Church, currently resides in the East Side and works as Superintendent of the George Gervin Academy and Executive Director of the George Gervin Youth Center.