Tracie DeSarno, partner, has more than 30 years’ experience representing major corporations, institutions, and associations, and municipal, county and state government in Trenton and Washington. At Public Strategies Impact, she is responsible for a broad range of issues, including healthcare, financial services, telecommunications and entertainment. Throughout her career, she has successfully represented clients on major legislative initiatives and budget deliberations.
Ms. DeSarno has been with PSI for more than 25 years. She came to the firm from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she served as government affairs assistant to the president of New Jersey’s premier technology university. Previously, she served nearly 10 years as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Essex County, gaining invaluable experience in government operations from the municipal to federal level.
During her tenure with Essex County, she was the County Executive’s liaison to the State Legislature, state agencies and the 22 municipalities in the county. She was responsible for legislative initiatives at the state and federal level, and assisted in grant procurement and state budget analysis, successfully directing additional state funding to the county.
Ms. DeSarno is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. She has served as an elected member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and as a member of the Union County College Board of Governors. She also served for years as a PTA president and executive board member in Union Township.
In 2008, the New Jersey Hemophilia Association recognized Ms. DeSarno as the recipient of its Congressman Dean A. Gallo Memorial Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership.
Hometown: Union, N.J.
Fun-Fact: I worked for the first elected County Executive in Essex County. During that time, I met my husband who was working for Senator Bill Bradley.
First Political Position: Intern, followed by Legislative Aide, for Assemblyman Peter Shapiro
Titles Held: Legislative Aide, Assemblyman Peter Shapiro; Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Essex County; Assistant to the President, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Democratic State Committee member, Board of Governors member, Union County College
Awards: Dean A. Gallo Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership, Hemophilia Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Women’s Power List; Vlunter Services Award, D.A.R.E New Jersey
Education: Douglass College, Rutgers University, magna cum laude
Favorite Food: Eggplant parmigiana
Hobbies: Reading anytime anywhere, but especially on the beach!