FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Tyrese Gibson was born and raised in Watts California, where at an early age found a deep passion for music and acting. Having appeared in numerous commercials and modeling campaigns, Gibson made his motion-picture debut as the star of John Singleton’s Baby Boy and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Joseph Summers. He again worked with director Singleton on 2 Fast 2 Furious. Gibson has appeared in some of the industry’s top franchises including the first three installments of the highly successful Transformers films.
Recently, Gibson reprised his role of Roman Pearce in The Fate of the Furious for Universal’s 8 th installment of the franchise which was released in April, 2017. In addition, Universal Pictures optioned Desert Eagle, an action spec scripted by Gibson and Mike Le in which a pair of border patrol agents investigate a drug cartel being operated out of a Native American reservation casino.
His others credits include Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube; Fast Five, Furious Six, Michael Bay’s blockbuster Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Paul W.S.Anderson’s sci-fi thriller Death Race, with Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Ian McShane; the horror-action film Legion, alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany; Brad Furman’s crime drama The Take, opposite John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez; Flight of the Phoenix; Singleton’s Four Brothers, which co-starred Mark Wahlberg and André Benjamin; Annapolis, directed by Justin Lin; and Vondie Curtis-Hall’s Waist Deep.
On top of Gibson’s staggering film resume and nearly 20 years after he made his Billboard chart debut, the singer/actor achieved his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Black Rose, which will be his final solo album. The album features the #1 hit single, Shame; the inspiration for the short film by the same title, starring Gibson & Jennifer Hudson directed by Paul Hunter, and produced by Denzel Washington. The album has already garnered 2 Grammy nominations and 2 NAACP Award nominations.
His motivational book, “How to Get Out of Your Own Way,” published by Grand Central Publishing, was released on April 7, 2011. In 2013, he released “Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed,” which he co-wrote with Run-D.M.C.’s DJ Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons.
Samantha Gibson has been a licensed social worker for the last two years, and brings more than 10 years experience in social work to her role as The Love Circle Foundation Executive Director. Throughout her career, Gibson has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged youth in the State of Georgia, working at jobs in the Department of Family and Children Services, the state Juvenile system, Rape Crisis Center, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition for Rockdale and Gwinnett Counties. Gibson has also been an active mentor and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, Concrete Rose, and a variety of Atlanta and Los Angeles nonprofit organizations.
Drawing from her personal struggles as a child and young adult, Gibson has developed a gift for connecting with youth, and providing them with the courage and confidence they need to be successful. She brings that same personal touch to The Love Circle Foundation, stating “research shows that youth are proven to be more resilient when they have a supportive adult that they can trust in their corner. I am a living testament of that research, and my passion lies within wanting to be that person for someone else.”
The Artemis Agency
The Artemis Agency provides strategic direction for The Love Circle Foundation. With more than 60 years of experience serving the philanthropic community, the Artemis leadership team has worked within and on behalf of nonprofits, corporate foundations, and individuals with high profile platforms. Sarah Adolphson, a co-founder at Artemis, is the strategic lead for The Love Circle Foundation and supports the organization’s leadership team on strategic planning, program development, and fundraising.
Adolphson is an expert in entertainment strategy and engagement with extensive philanthropic experience working with many of the world’s leading global celebrities. Drawing on a broad array of multi-faceted local, national and international relationships, Adolphson has collaborated with foundations, corporations, NGOs and the Obama Administration across numerous issue areas, including improving the quality of America’s public education system, the passage of the Affordable Care Act and increasing economic support and employment opportunities for veterans.
Adolphson began her career by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where she developed a passion and commitment to community engagement and philanthropic service. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.