Senior State Affairs Associate
Tess Milio, Senior State Affairs Associate, has worked in politics for the last 10 years, both in public policy and political campaigns.
Since starting at CFM in January 2013, Tess has established herself as an effective and respected lobbyist in Salem. She has assumed the role of account manager for half of CFM’s state lobby clients and works on issues related to business, labor, tax, technology, energy, waste management, agriculture, land-use and real estate.
Drawing on her strong relationships with legislators from throughout Oregon, Tess has achieved many legislative victories for CFM clients. Her knowledge of the Capitol and legislative process allows her to gain access and information easily, ensuring clients are kept informed and engaged on matters of interest.
Tess received her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University with a double major in politics and art studio. While in college, she interned for State Reps. Tobias Read, now State Treasurer, and Brent Barton. She returned in the 2011 legislative session to work for Rep. Phil Barnhart, current chair of the House Revenue Committee, and Rep. Nancy Nathanson, current co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee.
Upon graduation, Tess became an assistant campaign director at the Fund for the Public Interest’s downtown San Francisco office, managing a staff of 20 paid canvassers. She returned to Oregon in 2010 to run a targeted House race. The next cycle she managed Martha Schrader’s campaign for Clackamas County commissioner, which she won outright in the primary against two opponents. Tess then helped Justice Richard Baldwin win his seat on the Oregon Supreme Court in a statewide race. At CFM, Tess has continued her political work by taking on select clients to assist them with fundraising and campaign management.
Outside of work, Tess enjoys traveling, shopping and watching Trail Blazers’ basketball games. She is an avid art enthusiast and spends her free time cooking and crafting.