Strategies Group

Powerful  Partnerships  Deliver Real Results

Powerful  Partnerships
Deliver Real Results

 We are a bipartisan Government
 Relations, Economic Development
 & Communications Strategy firm.

We are a bipartisan
 Government Relations,
 Economic Development
 & Communications
 Strategy firm.

We work hand-in-hand with our clients, which include Fortune 100’s, impactful nonprofits, local governments, arts and cultural institutions large and small.

If you are asking how public
 policy impacts your
 organization, then you’ve
 come to the right place. We
 are here to help you navigate
 the intersection of
 business, public policy, and politics.

If you are asking how public policy
 impacts your organization, then you’ve
 come to the right place. We are here to
 help you navigate the intersection of
 business, public policy, and politics.

We are here to advocate on
your behalf.

Our Services

Our Services

At Government Strategies Group, we help businesses, organizations and communities of all sizes further their organizational goals, gain access, and increase influence. We seek a deeper understanding of our clients—their goals and challenges—in order to best position their interests in a way that will not only benefit them, but also the jurisdiction and our community at large.

We represent clients at the local and state levels on legislative, executive, and administrative issues.

Our Team  

We bring together a bipartisan team of advisors with decades of experience at all levels of government. With strong relationships and a keen understanding of policy and politics, we help clients navigate the complexities of government to achieve real results.

Our Team

Our Clients

Our Clients

From large corporations and iconic institutions to local nonprofits, at Government Strategies Group we subscribe to the belief that every organization, no matter the size, deserves dogged representation when it comes to the government’s impact on their interests and goals. 

News & Insights

We’re always on the lookout for the stories that matter. Stay up to date on State of Ohio and Greater Cincinnati updates, upcoming policy changes, and more in our News & Insights section.

News & Insights

Our Services


Strategies Group

Our partner firm, Development Strategies Group, is dedicated to economic development. From historic tax credits to zoning and environmental, DSG helps clients secure public incentives to promote

economic growth in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and beyond.

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Anne C. Sesler

Director of Public Affairs

Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients developing community outreach and engagement strategies, conducts media relations, builds grassroots support for projects, and conducts communication with stakeholders and legislators.

Anne lends her public policy and political communication experience beyond GSG to her role as Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Over the years, she’s offered political counsel to both state and local campaigns, including Preschool Promise, Ohio Jobs and Growth (the casino ballot initiative), United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future (Third Frontier), and many others. Anne lives in Mt. Lookout with her husband, Bryan.

Focus areas: 

  • Local government relations
  • Coalition building
  • Media relations and communications
  • Crisis communications

Driven by:

  • Making Cincinnati a better place for all

In the community:

  • Leadership Cincinnati Class 47
  • Cincinnati Planning Commission member
  • Lunken Airport Oversight and Advisory Board Chair
  • Cincinnati Democratic Committee Co-Chair
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Vice Chair
  • Mt. Lookout Community Council member

Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip Gerhardt 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
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
  • Cincy Magazine Power 100, 2011-2022