Jim Messina currently serves as the Campaign Manager of Obama for America. Most recently, Jim Messina served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack H. Obama. He previously served as Director of Personnel for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition and as national chief of staff for Obama for America.
Messina joined the Obama campaign from the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he was chief of staff. He previously held the same position for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).
He has overseen and consulted on political campaigns across the country, from Alaska to New York. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and attended high school in Boise, Idaho.