GSG Signs Women’s Pay Equity Pledge

Earlier this week, Government Strategies Group participated in an event that moves the needle toward gender equity in the workplace. Chip Gerhardt, CEO of GSG, along with team members Anne Sesler, Alana Tucker, and Katie Moroski, joined other local employers and community leaders at the third annual Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment Signing Day. “As an employer, I’m committed to meaningful and sustained change in closing the gender and race-based wage gap in Hamilton County,” commented Gerhardt. “By signing the commitment, I hope to be part of a growing group of leaders that are committed to pay equity in our community.”

Doug Moormann of Development Strategies Group signed the Hamilton County Pay Equity pledge in the City of Madeira, where he also serves as Mayor.


The Pay Equity Commitment was developed by the Commission on Women & Girls in 2022 and is part of Hamilton County’s broader commitment to advancing pay equity within our region. Along with GSG, more than 80 local employers and organizations have demonstrated their commitment to this initiative by signing the pledge.


Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus is the chairwoman of the Commission on Women & Girls and spearheaded this effort. She said that Hamilton County was among the first counties to sign the pledge, and now pays 98 cents on the dollar to women compared to male counterparts. But it’s a different story in other areas of Ohio where research shows that pay disparity between white men and white and black women was as dramatic as 66 cents on the dollar. Broad support is critical for this employer-led, voluntary initiative that will empower employers to pave the way for true workplace equity.


At GSG we are proud of our commitment to ensuring that we are doing our part to level the playing field for women in the workplace.


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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