Jim Messina

CEO; San Francisco, CA

@Messina2012

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.

Jim has since gone on to advise international Presidents and Prime Ministers including David Cameron, Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and in 2016 helped Spain’s Prime Minister 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, Hutchison Whampoa, and over 70 others.