TheBridge profile: Missy Cortese Foxman

TheBridge profile: Missy Cortese Foxman

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Name: Missy Cortese Foxman

Current city: Washington, DC

Current job: Director of Federal Government Relations for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

Past job: Executive Director of the Women's High-Tech Coalition

Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? La Colombe at 6th and Eye Streets, NW

Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job. Writing testimony, opening statements, and witness questions when I worked in the Senate helps me write introductions and panel questions for events we host at ESA.

Q. Job advice in three words? Find good colleagues

Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? Video games are a $36 billion domestic industry, and ESA members recognize that important decisions around tax policy, immigration, education, and more will affect their businesses, employees, and consumers. They look to ESA to serve as their voice in Washington and strive for public policies that are both pro-innovation and pro-consumer.

Q: Morning routine? I would love to say I get up and exercise, but that is an unrealized dream. I am absolutely worthless until I have 3-4 cups of black coffee. 

Q: What can Silicon Valley learn from DC? It sounds like Silicon Valley has a hard time with political diversity. Even during the most partisan times, DC people are very good about making and keeping friends across the aisle. We can all have reasonable disagreements without impugning each others' motives. 

Q: Most underrated virtue in an employee? Reliability: I love people who are totally reliable -- who deliver on their promises. 

Q: Living person I admire: Sheryl Sandberg. She and I don't share the same political points of view, but I do think we have a lot of shared values. She is one of the most gracious people I have ever met, and I admire her for the work she has done with Lean In and the resilience she has displayed after losing her beloved husband Dave.

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