Missi Tessier | Managing Director

  • Easthampton, MA
  • BS, Georgetown University
  • Strategic Communications, Business Development, Public Relations, Media Relations, Branding and Positioning

With more than twenty years of experience leading public affairs clients to success in defining and executing communications strategies, Missi Tessier is one of Cogent Strategies’ most senior professionals.

After spending 13 years on Capitol Hill in a variety of senior positions with Republican members of the US House and Senate leadership, Missi turned her communication skills toward leading communications campaigns for clients at a Washington, DC public affairs firm. Her clients have ranged by sector from higher education to telecommunications to financial services to defense and national security, and by enterprise from business to trade association to non-profit to coalition.

Missi’s specialties include message development, communications strategy, coalition management, media outreach and media training. Her clients over the history of her career in consulting have included coalitions advancing solar power, basic science research and pharmaceutical products, companies in the global financial services industry, higher education and research institutions, major defense companies, and a variety of foundations and non-profits.

Missi has a bachelor's degree in foreign service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is fluent in French. A performer at heart, she is a former board member of Hexagon, Inc., Washington, DC’s only original political satirical musical comedy revue, where she has been writing sketches and musical numbers and performing as a singer and dancer for decades. A native of Easthampton, Massachusetts, Missi once called Paris home and was named an honorary Texan in 1997.