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James T. Benedict

Vice President

James T. Benedict brings a broad background in government affairs and economic development to Government Strategies Group, LLC. His practice focuses on state and local legislative and executive level government affairs services as well as providing economic development counsel for companies considering expansion or relocation plans.

Anne C. Sesler

Strategic Partner

Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group, LLC. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients.

J. Douglas Moorman

Vice President
Development Strategies

Doug Moormann is a seasoned economic development and government relations professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in linking people with government to creatively solve problems.

Alana M. Tucker

Senior Associate

Alana Tucker joined the GSG team in 2014. She came directly from Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray’s office where she served as the Community Outreach Director. While at the city, Alana worked on projects focusing on regional cooperation and shared services, transportation, public services and the city budget. She served as a liaison with the city’s 52 neighborhoods, troubleshooting and overcoming obstacles while creating impactful and long-lasting relationships.

Ali Trianfo

Operations Manager

Ali Trianfo joined Government Strategies Group in July 2018. Prior to joining GSG, she served as the Director of Community Affairs for Cincinnati City Councilmember Greg Landsman. While in Landsman’s office, Ali oversaw constituent services, coordinating with City departments, and helping neighborhood councils in all 52 neighborhoods to solve residents’ issues with the City.

Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati