Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Gerard was elected to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 2014. Previously, she served as the mayor of Largo, elected in 2006 and then re-elected in 2009 and 2012. Before becoming mayor, she served as a Largo commissioner for two three-year terms, first elected in 2000.
During Commissioner Gerard’s tenure with Largo, the city built Pinellas County’s first Platinum LEED certified building and streamlined the permit application process, allowing small businesses to grow and create new jobs during the economic downturn. Under her leadership, the city commission cut $12 million from the city budget in five years, keeping tax rates low.
- Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
Committees and Organizations
- CareerSource Pinellas
- Health and Human Services Leadership Board
- Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
- Pinellas County Child Care Licensing Board
- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
- Public Safety Coordinating Council
- Tampa Bay Water
- Youth Advisory Committee
- Affirmative Action Committee
- Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg
- Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas
- Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services
- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Florida League of Cities Municipal Services Committee
- Health and Human Services Coordinating Council Administrative Forum
- Largo Public Library Advisory Board
- Leadership Pinellas Alumni and Board
- Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force
- Pinellas County Victim Rights Coalition
- Pinellas Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board
- Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board
- Pinellas Mobility Initiative
- Pinellas Planning Council
- Suncoast Tiger Bay Board
- Value Adjustment Board
Commissioner Gerard has dedicated her career to human services. She has worked with victims of assault, domestic violence and homelessness. She began her career more than 38 years ago working with the chronically mentally ill in a community-based rehabilitation program.
She served as a victim advocate for the Largo Police Department from 1984 to 1986. From 1986 through 1992, she served as director of the Spouse Abuse Shelter of Religious Community Services. Since 1992, she has worked with Family Resources, Inc., serving as Chief Operating Officer and currently as Chief Grants Officer.
Commissioner Gerard was born in Paterson, N.J. She and her husband, Eric, have one daughter, Sarah.