About Us


Lisa Nocerini

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


With over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lisa founded The Nocerini Strategy Group in January 2015.


While working for the City of Detroit, Lisa worked on state and federal issues, grants, and policy and appropriations requests for fifteen departments and was able to acquire over $60 million dollars in appropriations funding. She also helped plan and organize major events including the City’s role in the 2005 All-Star Game, Super Bowl XL in 2006, and the North American International Auto Show.


Upon her return to the private sector, Lisa was a Vice President at a Michigan-based state and national lobbying firm, focusing on appropriations and policy issues ranging from biotechnology and transportation to health care and economic development, delivering nearly $15 million dollars to her clients over a four-year span.


Lisa then became Vice President at the Winchester Consulting Group, and, during that time, she worked with public and private sector clients on grants, state and federal issues and economic development initiatives. Lisa also handled the communication function for several municipalities while at WCG and maintains several of those client portfolios as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Nocerini Strategy Group, LLC (2015).


Lisa has served as a proven and talented senior strategist for several municipal clients throughout her career. Along with providing strong representation at the state and federal levels of government, her primary duties have included acting as a senior advisor to leadership, assisting in the coordination of key policies and initiatives, providing support for critical planning and economic development projects, national outreach, project facilitation, city turnaround strategies and aiding clients with speech writing and public relation campaigns.


Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University.



Frederick D. Paffhausen, MPP

Director of Grant Research and Communications


Frederick joined the Nocerini Strategy Group, LLC in January of 2015. Since he joined the firm, he has written grants which have secured our clients over $15,000,000 in funding.


Frederick earned a Master of Public Policy with High Academic Distinction from The University of Michigan, with a particular focus on health policy research and analysis. His Master's Thesis is a 40,000 word exploration of the positive statistical relationship between health care spending and life expectancy in Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States from 1970 to 2008. He created and maintained his own dataset for the project. Among other statistical tests, his Thesis includes more than 160 ordinary-least squares regressions.


He has identified, written, and researched grants in a wide range of areas, including public safety, transportation improvement projects, fiscal empowerment programs, and after school programming. His ability to spot deficiencies in grant application drafts and find a solution to the problems they raise is critical in making sure that the applications are as strong as they can possibly be.


Frederick is a firm believer that the best grants are those which make people want to keep reading; he feels the longer he can hold the reader’s attention, the greater the opportunity to persuade the funder to choose his client’s application.


He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and History with High Academic Distinction and College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Honors from The University of Michigan.



Gerald M. Griffin

Senior Strategist & Community Relations Specialist 


Gerald Griffin is a proven results oriented Government Relations professional with over 20 years of experience in public policy and finance at the federal, state and local level. Gerald served 4 years as a fiscal analyst with the Michigan House of Representatives, counseling and asssiting lawmakers in negotiating over $4 billion in annual appropriations for various state departments. 


Gerald then moved on to serve as the Director of Government Affairs for the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) from 1996-2004, then serving in the same capacity for the Wayne County Executive's Office from 2004-2014. While at MAC, Gerald was responsible for overseeing a legislative and communications staff. He also conducted training for new county officials in performing their duties and counseled officials on grassroots advocacy and consituent relations. Gerald also assisted the National Association of Counties (NACo) on several issues at the federal level including transportation funding and payment in lieu of taxes on federal lands to counties across the United States.  


Gerald  succeeded in securing passage of the Next Michigan Development Act legislation, which created a paradigm shift in the manner in which state and local economic development activities are conducted, by using cooperation and speed as opposed to competition and cumbersome bureaucracy. This legislation specifically led to the creation of Vantage Port, an economic development partnership that is projected to produce over $10 billion in investment and 64,000 jobs over the next decade. He also helped craft and secure passage for the renovation of Detroit's Cobo Hall Convention Center. This legislation directly led to the retention of the premier Auto Show in the Western Hemisphere and its annual $500 million contribution to Michigan's economy. He also secured over $25 million in earmarked appropriations for Wayne County programs.


In perhaps his most notable legislative achievement, Gerald coordinated and conducted a legislative and media campaign involving television, radio and print leading to the first successful override of a gubernatorial veto in 51 years when in 2002 the Michigan Legislature overturned the elimination of nearly $850 million in state revenue sharing to all of Michigan's 1,700+ local units of government. 


Gerald is a graduate of Michigan State University's Eli Broad School of Business with a major in Accounting. He also recently completed a course in Project Management through Michigan State University's Graduate School of Management Executive Development program.


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