• Past two-time President of the Florida Association of County Managers• 14 years of Florida local government administration experience
Mr. Gastesi has more than 30 years of work experience in the public and private sectors. He has established background that blends science, business administration and working in the trenches of government – at the local, state and federal levels.
For the past 14 years, this background has served him well as the County Administrator of Monroe County (the Florida Keys). He is responsible for overseeing all 21 of the County’s departments and compiling a County budget of more than $450 million.
Mr. Gastesi was educated at the University of Miami where he earned an MBA and a Bachelors Degree with a biology major and minors in Chemistry and Geography.
Mr. Gastesi was elected to serve two consecutive terms as the Florida Association of County Managers President.
Mr. Gastesi, along with officials from the City of Jacksonville, created Resiliency Florida, the only statewide resiliency organization responsible for promoting regional cooperation, as well as federal, state and local funding support for the implementation of critical infrastructure projects.