Tessa Gould

Tessa Gould

Executive Director

One Country Project

About Tessa Gould

Tessa Gould has nearly three decades of campaign, communications and policy experience, much of that time spent focused on the Dakotas. She has served on the staff of two presidential campaigns, held senior positions with two U.S. Senators, worked for four Members of Congress and has managed eight federal campaigns in fly over country.  The best democratic performance in any of those races was a 32. She is 7-1 and still thinks about the 1 loss every day.

Gould has been named one of the top “500 influencers in American Politics” and a “Top Influencer by State” for several years by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. In 2019, the magazine also awarded her “best democratic campaign manager of the year” for leading Heidi Heitkamp’s 2018 senate win in North Dakota. She was lauded by Republican operatives as, “having run a perfect race. No errors.” 

Tessa currently serves as Executive Director of the One Country Project, a c4 focused on elevating the struggles in rural America and connecting elected democrats to those issues. She is a partner at Forbes Tate, a Washington DC based lobbying and public affairs firm. She spends time with her English bulldog, Sully, in DC, ND, MN and hockey rinks and baseball stadiums around the country.