Shellie Purvis | Senior Vice President

  • Brandon, MS
  • BBA, Mississippi State University | Accreditation, Université de Genève
  • International Relations and Diplomatic Community, Appropriations Legislation and Policy, Republican Political Strategy

With over 15 years of experience in government relations – specifically within the areas of international relations and diplomacy, federal appropriations legislation and policy, and Republican political strategy– Shellie Purvis brings a wide range of skills and far-reaching government and international business contacts to Cogent Strategies clients

Shellie spent more than five years with the United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland acting as a member of the ambassador’s executive team. In the role of chief protocol officer, Shellie promoted engagement and supported US public policy negotiations on issues such as human rights, refugees and migration, intellectual property, global health, and other political and economic affairs. Shellie was also the Ambassador’s liaison to several American businesses with European headquarters in Geneva and was appointed control officer for congressional delegations in attendance to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In addition to her international portfolio, Shellie keenly navigates domestic federal funding legislation for local governments, municipalities and private sector clients.  She has an astute ability to dig deep into appropriations policy and pinpoint creative opportunities working hand-in-hand with close contacts on Capitol Hill.

A life-long Mississippian, Shellie served as a senior political advisor to Governor Haley Barbour during the 2003 and 2007 gubernatorial campaigns and maintains strong relationships with her home state congressional delegation and Mississippi political strategists.