Michael Messmer joined Gephardt Government Affairs in 2007, specializing in legislative strategy, policy analysis, and direct advocacy for the firm’s foreign government clients, as well as its U.S. and international corporate clients.
Since joining the firm, Mike has advocated extensively with policymakers on behalf of clients pursuing a wide range of policy goals—from competition fairness in the Department of Defense acquisition process to closer bilateral ties with the United States. He has provided the firm’s philanthropic clients with long-term planning surrounding global health initiatives, and has been an advocate for the creation and growth of relevant congressional membership organizations, both to elevate issues and pursue common objectives.
Prior to joining Gephardt Government Affairs, Mike was Assistant Director of the Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he oversaw the development and implementation of a number of nonpartisan initiatives designed to create a higher degree of collaboration between members of the foreign policy and congressional communities.
Mike began his career as a member of then-House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt’s leadership staff. During that first, six-year affiliation with Gephardt, he was a member of the foreign and defense policy team, where he monitored and advised Gephardt and his senior staff on legislative and policy developments on counterterrorism, defense modernization, global pandemics, human rights, missile defense, NATO enlargement, and post-September 11 homeland security and intelligence reform, among others. He advised Gephardt on individuals under consideration for nomination to various commissions, and assisted in the organization and execution of a number of congressional delegations to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.