President and Founder
Charles H. "Chip" Gerhardt, III, is President and Founder of Government Strategies Group, LLC. Chip has an extensive background in the fields of government affairs, economic development, and issues advocacy. He has worked in these areas both in the private and public sectors, and on local, state and federal levels.
Chip has been active in politics for many years. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, a prolific fundraiser and a veteran of numerous campaigns at all levels.
He was instrumental in the success of Issue 4, which brought the strong mayor form of government back to Cincinnati, and was involved in SW Ohio efforts supporting Issue 3 – the state ballot issue that approved four casinos in Ohio. Additionally, Chip has been involved in other major efforts including, the creation of Tax Increment Financing Districts in Cincinnati, rehabilitation funding for Union Terminal, Cincinnati Preschool Promise, Brownfield Remediation programs in Ohio and the implementation of ABLE Accounts in the United States.
Active on many boards, Chip serves on the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the Ensemble Theatre Board, Findlay Market Corporation, the Board of People Working Cooperatively, and is former chair of the board for the National Down Syndrome Society. Chip has served on the boards of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. He has been named in Cincy Magazine’s “Power 100” in every year since 2012. He received the Community Contributor Award in 2014, the Advocate of the Year Award in 2015 and the Cincinnati Difference Maker Award in 2016.
Prior to forming GSG, Chip was Vice President of KMK Consulting Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keating, Muething and Klekamp, a major Cincinnati law firm. While at KMK, he led the firm’s government affairs practice.
Chip also spent three and a half years at Cinergy, a large Midwestern public utility, in the areas of economic development, public strategies, government and community affairs. He was part of the team which successfully lobbied to bring competition to the electric industry in Ohio. He also worked with the company's non-regulated affiliates on a number of significant projects.
Chip served in the administration of Ohio Governor George Voinovich as Deputy Director of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Offices. He started his career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Hamilton County, Ohio.
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 resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Jane, and their three children.