Gary Shorb has served as Executive Director of The Urban Child Institute since February, 2017. He retired earlier that year from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare where he served as CEO for 15 years, which he joined in 1990 as Executive Vice President. Before his tenure with Methodist, he served as president of the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for four years.

In addition to his work at The Institute, Gary also serves on the boards of Shelby Farms Park, the Soulsville Foundation, Crosstown High School, and The University of Memphis Foundation Board, Overton Park Conservancy, and Tennesseans for Early Childhood Education. He also serves on the board of the publicly traded Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA).

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration from Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis) and Honorary Doctorates form The University of Memphis and Memphis Theological Seminary.