Blaise is a Senior Strategist at The Messina Group.
With more than a decade of industry experience, he provides nonprofit, advocacy, and corporate clients with strategic communications advice and develops data-driven, multi-channel communications programs that build brand awareness, educate the public, drive issue advocacy, and raise millions of dollars.
Before joining TMG, Blaise spent six years at Blue State, one of the industry’s leading digital agencies and the driving force behind Barack Obama’s digital presence during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. While at Blue State, he led communications efforts for a diverse mix of clients such as Kaiser Permanente, NAACP, Khan Academy, and the Sierra Club; he also oversaw all creative work for the company’s West Coast operations and managed a team of 17 communications professionals across four cities.
A few highlights: In 2015, he led the relaunch of Google Take Action, driving 1.5 million people to speak out to Congress in support of surveillance reform, leading to the passage of the USA Freedom Act. In 2015 and 2016, Blaise spearheaded efforts for the Green Bay Packers fan community that drove record online engagement, building an audience of 400,000 email addresses and increasing partner sales. In 2014, he directed online engagement for Stand Up To Cancer’s annual telecast, running a social media war room and helping raise more than $100 million for cancer research in a single night. In 2011, he helped set up the Obama for America’s new email team, setting a record for digital fundraising in the first quarter of a presidential campaign. Finally, he has been a guest speaker at UCLA and Google Marketing Summit.
Blaise lives in Denver, where he enjoys making paella and taking photos with his grandfather’s Hasselblad. He attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a BFA in Writing for Film & Television.