Chief Executive Officer, The Messina Group
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
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.