Melissa Cressey serves as the Vice President of Global Strategies at DSPolitical International, where she leads business development.
Prior to joining DSPolitical, Cressey served as Development Director and Conference Coordinator for the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Her earlier work included stints as Development Planner at Appleseed Foundation, where she managed and directed the day-to-day work within the development department, and Vice President of Customer Services at Advocacy Data, where she specialized in email targeting for progressive campaigns and organizations.
She is originally from Arizona but spent most of her childhood growing in northern Sweden where she was also able to take advantage of the country’s free education system receiving her B.A. in political science with a focus on American politics and the European Union with a minor in economics and civil law from Karlstad University.
Melissa is a 2015 Campaigns & Elections Magazine Rising Star, the recipient of the 2012 AAPC Distinguished Service Award and the 2013 AAPC Extraordinary Leadership Award.