Melissa Cortese Foxman

Melissa (Missy) Cortese Foxman is Director of Federal Government Relations at the Entertainment Software Association.

She is the former Executive Director of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition (WHTC), a non-profit serving women working on tech policy in the public and private sectors. Prior to working with the WHTC and managing her firm, Baseline Public Affairs, she served as a senior advisor at Blank Rome Government Relations and represented clients from the telecom, technology, homeland security, transportation, and financial service sectors.

Before Blank Rome, Missy helped establish and run the Washington office of a Colorado-based, mid-sized technology company. Her public sector background includes serving U.S. Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL) as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Senate Republican Conference and professional staff member of the Joint Economic Committee. She also served as a political appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration under President George H.W. Bush. Missy graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a BA in politics and English.

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