Jim Messina

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  • CEO, The Messina Group
  • Campaign Manager for President Obama's successful 2012 re-election campaign & Senior Strategic Adviser for David Cameron’s EU referendum campaign
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff (2009-2011)
  • National Chair, Organizing for Action

When political strategist Jim Messina used big data and technology to help President Barack 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 nations' governments, including the European Union and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, have brought Messina into their camps to help them win their fights. Currently the CEO of the Messina Group, Messina provides businesses across industries guidance to harness cutting-edge strategies to break into new markets, win a competitive play, and harness consumer loyalty. In-demand for his shrewd political commentary, Messina regularly appears on major networks to decode what is happening in Washington and shed light on current events. Audiences who hear Messina speak are wowed by his quick and sharp insights into politics today, and the strategies and technological forces at play. 

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jim Messina
  • Hamilton College
  • Western Energy Institute
  • Global Retail Marketing Association
  • Swedma
  • FairWind Partners
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Marcus Evans
  • New York eHealth Collaborative
  • Western Energy Institute
  • Americans for the Arts
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The 2020 Election: 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 o ...

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 entertaining and insightful lecture, Messina draws on his first-hand experience in the White House and on the campaign trail to share prescient analysis on what we can expect of the 2020 election process. He translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways on our future political climate with substance and some much-needed humor. 

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 ...

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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<p>Jim Messina is a sought-out expert on tech </p>

Jim Messina is a sought-out expert on tech 

Many people speak about innovation and technologies, many more study and write about it, but few have been on the front lines of so many emerging and disruptive technologies as JIM MESSINA.  From introducing big data into politic and revolutionizing the campaign process back in 2008; to leading the development of the Hyperloop One, which is the newest form of transportation that promises to get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 45-minutes by using an electromagnetic powered air chamber; to bringing sorted prescription medication to the masses with Amazon's acquisition of PillPack, Messina was in the room where it happened. Having served as an advisor, board member, and strategist to some of the most cutting-edge organizations of our time, Messina's insights into how to use new technologies to your advantage, promises to take audiences on a unique journey that establishes a context for where they are and what he believes is possible with a different kind of thinking. Currently the CEO of the Messina Group, Messina provides businesses across industries guidance to harness cutting-edge strategies to break into new markets, win a competitive play, and garner consumer loyalty. Audiences who hear Messina speak are wowed by his quick and sharp insights into the strategies and technological forces at play.

 

<p>The Messina Group - Data Driven Strategy to Achieve Your Goals</p>

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.

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JIM MESSINA

CEO, THE MESSINA GROUP

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and President Barack Obama’s 2012 Campaign Manager

Jim Messina is arguably one of the world’s most successful political advisors. 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, Jim abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented.

Jim’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 (2013).

Since then he has gone on to advise Presidents and Prime Ministers on five continents including: UK’s Theresa May and David Cameron, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and in 2016 helped Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy win a surprising re-election margin.

In 2013, Messina launched The Messina Group. In this role, Messina provides strategic consulting to businesses around the world.  The firm has been involved in winning public policy campaigns on five continents.  Clients include Uber, Airbnb, Google, Delta Air Lines, Hutchison Whampoa, and over 70 others.

Previously, Jim served as Deputy Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama’s White House, where he was integral to the passage of the historic health care bill, the economic stimulus act credited with saving the US economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

Messina continues to advise and guide Democratic candidates and organizations at all levels, as well as providing insight on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, BBC and others.

Jim serves on the boards of Organizing for Action (OFA), Virgin HyperloopOne, Google’s Advanced Technology Panel, Vectra.ai, Pillpack, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, LanzaTech, Hyp3r, the United States Soccer Foundation, and the Montana Land Reliance.