Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) has selected Geraldine Ide Gardner as its next Executive Director, beginning in January 2019. The CCOG Executive Board unanimously approved Gardner’s hiring at its meeting on Thursday, November 1. Her selection was the culmination of a five-month, nationwide search.
“Geraldine brings the perfect mix of energy, experience and commitment to regional collaboration to the role of CCOG Executive Director,” said CCOG Board Chairman and Town of Granite Quarry Mayor Bill Feather. “We were fortunate to have found someone that has demonstrated outstanding ability in bringing people together around common issues and who has the experience to strengthen Centralina’s local, national and global profile.”
Gardner, a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has extensive experience convening diverse leaders for outcome-oriented discussions on critical topics facing cities and regions, with a strong focus on impact and action. Gardner spent the last six years at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, building an international program for leading urban and regional practitioners and thought leaders from government, philanthropy and the private sector. Prior to this post, she served as Associate Director of the Office of Planning for the Government of the District of Columbia.
“Centralina Council of Governments is a critical institution for shaping a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous region,” said Gardner. “I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the organization and will bring my expertise in convening and coalition building to help deliver our mission. I’m looking forward to working with the very talented Centralina staff and collaborating with the board on the next phase of the organization’s development.”