Gerald “Gerry” Cassidy
Co-Founder, Former CEO, Cassidy & Associates
Mr. Cassidy has gained widespread recognition for creating Washington’s top integrated government relations, public relations, and public affairs firms. In fact, New York Times described him as a “master builder” and said that “Cassidy & Associates was a model for other firms.”
Regardie’s magazine named Cassidy one of the power elite of Washington and Forbes magazine, in its March 2000 issue, listed him No. 52 in its national list of “The Power 100.” In 2007 he was the subject of a 27 part series in the Washington Post.
Prior to the establishment of Cassidy & Associates in 1975, Mr. Cassidy served as an Attorney in the South Florida Migrant Legal Services Program, as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Democratic National Committee’s Party Reform Commission, and as General Counsel of the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. He has been a featured speaker on legislative issues, government, and politics at numerous universities, industry and trade association conferences.
Mr. Cassidy has served on numerous Boards and as Trustee of Tougaloo College; the Children’s Inn at NIH; School of Nutrition at Tufts University; Washington Theological Union; Boston University; and Villanova University, where he served as Chairman of their Capital Campaign from 2004 to 2008.
In 1999 Mr. Cassidy sold Cassidy & Associates and Powell Tate Public Affairs to the Interpublic Group. He retired from Cassidy & Associates in 2014. Today he resides in McLean, Virginia and Key West, Florida and is active in a number of private enterprises.
Mr. Cassidy is a graduate of Villanova University (B.S. 1963) and the Cornell Law School (J.D. 1967). In 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from Villanova University. In 2005 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Fontbonne University. He is a member of the Metropolitan Club and the Economic Club of Washington.