Gretchen Cassini

Gretchen Cassini
Assistant County Administrator:

Gretchen Cassini

Agency:

Office of the County Administrator


Professional Background

Gretchen Cassini has 18 eighteen years of progressive responsibility in the fields of government and academia; organizational planning; strategic problem-solving and process improvement; innovative policy development and implementation; intergovernmental affairs; budget development and analysis; grant development and management; and professional standards. Experience effectively utilizing collaborative processes, including public-private partnerships; negotiating, managing and analyzing contracts; identifying and implementing effective institution-wide operational and advocacy strategies; crafting meaningful performance measures; solicitation and procurement processes; implementing information technology solutions; mobilizing community support; qualitatively and quantitatively researching complex issues, and; communicating to broad and diverse audiences.

Prior to taking a position with Broward County’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, Cassini was director of Grants and Governmental Relations for Barry University, where she also acted as an adjunct professor of sociology and criminology. From 2002 to 2006, she worked as a grants professional, trainer and manager in Broward County’s Program Development, Research and Evaluation Division. She was appointed the director for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards in October 2009.

Over the course of her career, Cassini has successfully written or substantially assisted in developing, more than 100 federal, state and foundation grant applications. Both at Barry University and Broward County, she collaboratively worked to secure millions of dollars of appropriations. Cassini has given presentations at the local, state and national level on a variety of topics as diverse as non-profit management, hurricane preparedness, legislation, grants auditing, advocacy and performance-based measurement systems.


Primarily Responsible For:

  • Administratively supporting County functions and services, including: agenda preparation; representing County Administration within the community and in professional associations; communicating with the public; facilitating timely responses to audit findings; contract review, oversight, and negotiations; tracking progress towards assigned agencies’ goals, and; researching and reporting back on issues, as directed by the Board and/or County Administrator. 
  • Special projects as assigned including: The Wave Streetcar; Gaming Negotiations; Commission Strategic Plan/Agency Business Plans; Port Dredging/Turning Notch; Complete Streets; City/County Relationship Committee; Grants Centralization; State Agency litigation (DJJ/AHCA) and Medicaid Expansion.
  • Assisting in the general management of County government, ensuring Commission policies are implemented through oversight of departmental initiatives and actions, and assisting with the formation of the County Administrator’s annual budget recommendations.

Agency Assignments

  • Rail Projects
  • Port Everglades Department
  • Transportation Department
  • Human Services Department
  • Libraries Division
  • Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services
  • Office of Public Communications
  • Parks and Recreation Division

Education

Attended Wake Forest University, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Florida State University, and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law. During law school, Cassini interned as the first Executive Director of the Florida Women’s Legislative and Educational Caucus Foundation.


Professional Affiliations

In 2011, Cassini served as the President of the Florida Association of Intergovernmental Relations Professionals; additionally, she has served on numerous national steering committees through the National Association of Counties. She was nominated to serve on Broward County’s Six Pillars Steering Committee, has published in several nationally circulated professional publications, and was instrumental in creating a national credentialing system for grants professionals through the American Association of Grants Professionals. Cassini is also the County-assigned Board member to the Young at Art Museum.