Jim Messina

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  • Political Commentator & Big Data Strategist
  • Campaign Manager, 2012 Obama Re-Election Campaign
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama (2009-2011)
  • National Chair, Organizing for Action

Who better to comment on Election 2016 than an election maker?  When political strategist Jim Messina used big data and technology to help Obama win a second term in the White House, Bloomberg Businessweek called it “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.” Since then other nation's governments and even the European Union have brought Messina into their camps to help them win their fights.  Businesses are also taking advice from Messina as they try to use big data and technology to break into new markets, win a competitive play, and harness consumer loyalty. Audiences who hear Messina speak are wowed by his quick and sharp insights of the business of politics and the levers that surge campaigns forward.

 
  

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Election 2016: Insights from America’s Premier Political Strategist

In the White House, Jim Messina was known as “the fixer,” tasked with shepherding some of President Obama’s most important legislative priorities, including healthcare reform, through Congress. When he became the manager of the Obama 2012 campaign, he was entrusted with the most im ...

In the White House, Jim Messina was known as “the fixer,” tasked with shepherding some of President Obama’s most important legislative priorities, including healthcare reform, through Congress. When he became the manager of the Obama 2012 campaign, he was entrusted with the most important priority of all: reelecting a president. In this lecture, Jim Messina takes you behind the scenes of the 2012 campaign, from the command center in Chicago, to the high-stakes decisions in the Oval Office, to the inner workings of the smallest field offices in the battlegrounds of Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. Through stories of the pressures and personalities at play, Messina offers unique insights into what the next four years hold for the Obama administration, our national politics, and the biggest issues facing America today.

The Moneyball President: How the Obama Reelection Campaign Handled Its Business—and Why It Matters for Yours

As the campaign manager of President Obama’s reelection effort, Jim Messina upended the way that cutting-edge organizations think about strategy, marketing, and branding—reinventing the modern political campaign and pioneering tools, technologies, and tactics that will transform global b ...

As the campaign manager of President Obama’s reelection effort, Jim Messina upended the way that cutting-edge organizations think about strategy, marketing, and branding—reinventing the modern political campaign and pioneering tools, technologies, and tactics that will transform global business, too. In this talk, Messina tells the behind-the-scenes story of Obama for America 2012, from the month he spent soliciting Silicon Valley’s smartest CEOs for their advice – including Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt – to his successful launch of a $1.1 billion start-up. He reveals three critical insights about how dramatically the world has changed in a few fast years. And he suggests three lessons for how consumer-facing companies can prosper not just in spite of these changes, but by embracing them.

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Biography

The mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Jim Messina seized the reins on what Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken”—and succeeded, earning the President another term in the White House. With the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, Messina abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. Messina’s strategies established the modern presidential campaign—Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called it “the best-run campaign ever.”  

The American Association of Political Consultants later crowned him the Campaign Strategist of the Year.

In January 2013, the Obama administration announced the launch of Organizing for Action, a new advocacy organization that will promote President Obama’s policies, with Jim Messina as national chair.  That same year, Messina became Co-Chair of Priorities USA, the Super Pac backing Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President.

In 2013, Messina also launched The Messina Group. In this role, Messina provides strategic consulting to political campaigns, advocacy organizations and businesses. In this capacity, Messina served as senior advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising 2015 electoral victory, which handed him an unforeseen majority.  The Messina Group has offices in Washington, DC, New York, London and San Francisco and advises numerous entities, including Uber and Airbnb.

Jim Messina served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack H. Obama from 2009 to 2011, where he was integral to the passage of the landmark health care and economic stimulus bills, in addition to serving as the campaign manager for Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign. He previously served as Director of Personnel for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition and as national chief of staff for Obama for America in 2008.

Messina joined the Obama campaign from the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he was chief of staff. He previously held the same position for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). 

He is a proud graduate of the University of Montana and sits on the boards of HyperLoop Technologies, LanzaTech, Vectra Networks, Privacy.com, and the United States Soccer Foundation.  He also serves on the advisory boards of Beepi, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, Opower, and the Montana Land Reliance.

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