The dream team
genaro “chip” iglesias
MANAGING PARTNER, MIAMI OFFICE & CHAIR, BALLARD PARTNERS LOCAL GOVERNMENT TEAM
Chip serves as the chair of our Local Government Practice, joining the firm after 33 years in public service. His distinguished career included several key senior level positions, including deputy mayor/chief of staff of Miami-Dade County where he oversaw the Office of the Mayor as well as 9,000 employees in the Police, Fire-Rescue and Emergency Management, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Medical Examiner and Community Information and Outreach Departments.
Before joining the County, Chip was the Village of Key Biscayne’s manager serving as chief executive officer. During this time, he also served as president of the Miami Dade County and City Manager Association.
Previously, Chip served as chief of staff to then-City of Miami Manager Carlos Gimenez and as his chief of staff when he was a member of the County Commission. As a member of the Executive Management Team, he was responsible for a workforce of 3,600 employees and a $450 million budget. He advocated for the City’s legislative priorities at the local, state and federal levels. Chip also served as chief of staff to then-Miami Dade County Commissioner Jimmy Morales where he directed all legislative, media and political efforts.
A member of the City of Miami Fire Department as a fire fighter/paramedic for 24 years, Chip rose to the rank of Captain and also served as executive assistant to the Fire Chief. Additionally, he served as president of the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters representing over 2,300 fire fighters where he coordinated political, legislative, and public relations initiatives.
Chip received his Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University and his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Barry University. He also attended Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.