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 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 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.
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.
What Will Sanders Supporters Do if Bernie Loses Nomination?
MSNBC's Morning Joe taps iconic political strategist JIM MESSINA to weigh in on the debate over Sanders supporters threatening to vote for Trump. Messina: "There's not a chance someone who is going to vote for Bernie Sanders in a primary is then going to go to Donald Trump in a general election...People forget that [in 2008] Hillary Clinton flew to New Hampshire, endorsed Obama, and started campaigning for him very quickly, so the question is how quickly Bernie will do that."Watch Morning Joe clip...
The Messina Group - Data Driven Strategy to Achieve Your Goals
Jim Messina heads The Messina Group with the belief that the best solutions are based on the best data. The foundation of The Messina Group’s data analytic strategies lie in the 2012 Presidential election which will forever be known as the breakthrough of “big data” in American politics. It was the Obama for America campaign that employed cutting-edge data collection strategies and analytic approaches to most effectively mobilize and manage its resources. Applying the techniques from this historical campaign, The Messina Group works with organizations to target and increase their potential customers, supporters, or voters.Find out more...
Jim Messina to Advise David Cameron’s EU Referendum Campaign
U.S. political strategist JIM MESSINA is a “senior strategic adviser” for David Cameron’s campaign to keep Britain in the EU. In this Politico piece, Messina explained, “Given these challenging economic times, the very last thing we should do is risk the U.K. and EU economies with this risky [Brexit] move.” Some of the issues for voters, as reported in this WSJ piece, include immigration, the economy and whether important decisions affecting the U.K. should be made in Brussels or London.
Sold Out Debate with Political Masterminds Rove & Messina
ROVE & MESSINA faced off at the EY Strategic Growth Forum with a dialogue that was insightful, engaging and, "at times, downright funny." If you are looking for a crowd pleasing debate duo for this heated political season, this is your team.Read more about this event...
Messina Talks Election 2016 with Sky News Host Dermot Murnaghan
Political strategist JIM MESSINA shares thoughts on Election 2016 from the left and right and provides insights on why he thinks the political polling system is broken. He also touches on the similarities between President Obama, Hillary Clinton and David Cameron.Read more...
Poll Guru Joins Campaign to Remain in EU
The Times of London reports on Jim Messina's appointment in the cross-party "Remain" campaign to keep Britain in the EU.Read More...