Cecelia “Cece” Gassner continues to set the bar for community service and direct action at the Junior League of Boise, serving as one of the League’s key creative and strategic thought leaders in the nonprofit space. Highly skilled at developing and implementing programs that address underserved members of the community, Cece leads by listening. Her deep commitment to building consensus has made her the connective tissue between good ideas and measurable impact across a wide variety of programs and initiatives.
Since she joined the Junior League of Boise in 2004, Cece has served as President, President-Elect, Chair of the Board, Gold Chair, Communications Manager, Finance Council Manager and Membership Council Manager. Currently, she serves as the Community Research and Project Development Chair. In 2008, Cece was recognized by AJLI with the Rising Star Award for her dedication to her League and her community. She was later elected as an At-Large Director on the AJLI Board from 2013-2016.
Cece’s nonprofit experience extends well beyond The Junior League. She has held several leadership and board positions at significant organizations, including Go Lead Idaho (President), International Women’s Forum, Icon Credit Union, Ketchum Innovation Center and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, among others.
Professionally, Cece is the Director of Economic Development for Boise State University, finding strategic ways to leverage the assets of the University to benefit communities and industry throughout the state. Previously, she was the economic development advisor to the Mayor of Boise from 2008-2013 and was an attorney at several law firms in both Idaho and California.
She is the founder of “Divas for a Difference,” a radio show and podcast that covered the people, organizations and events of charitable significance in Idaho's Treasure Valley, and has been featured on NPR.
Cece is a graduate of Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, followed by a Juris Doctor degree at Boston University School of Law.