Clarise Tushie-Lessard will draw on a strong background in media relations and politics to provide Goff Public clients with strategic advice. Clarise will be a key part of Goff Public’s media relations team, drawing on relationships with Twin Cities reporters and vast experience in pitching stories to help our clients their most important share messages with the right audiences.
Clarise comes to Goff Public after having served as press secretary
for Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. In this role, she crafted written
communications materials from the mayor’s office, coordinated consistent
messages across multiple city departments, composed major speeches for
the mayor, managed media relations activities for the city, and managed
the mayor’s and city’s social media channels.
Clarise is an accomplished speechwriter and messaging strategist.
She was instrumental in planning and writing three State of the City
addresses, three budget addresses, and the mayor’s 2014 inaugural
address. She also developed and coordinated media strategies for major
Saint Paul development projects, including the Lofts at Farmers Market,
the Penfield and Lunds, the Arlington Hills Library and Recreation
Center, and the Ford Plant.
Grassroots messaging is one of Clarise’s strengths. She has played
important roles in the campaigns of several prominent politicians,
including former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, former Senate Deputy
Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, and Mayor Coleman. She also managed
messaging and media relations at campaign events for Minnesotans United
for All Families, which led efforts to defeat the anti-gay marriage
Clarise is a member of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014
Leadership Saint Paul program. The program brings together emerging
leaders to raise awareness of the needs and challenges that affect Saint
Paul and the East Metro area.
Clarise graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s
degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in political
science. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Minnesota’s best hiking
trails and reading good books in the sun.