Gerard has spent her entire career in public service and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She most recently was the head of human resources for Thurston County, Wash.
The position reports to Executive Director Stephen P. Metruck and oversees 45 employees serving a workforce of more than 2,000.
Breakthrough, described as a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, has promoted Matt Balzola to vice president of go to market.
Balzola has been with Breakthrough, based in Green Bay, Wis., for nearly four years. He previously worked with several national suppliers in the transportation industry.