“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Ameshia Cross is the Director of Communications for Caldwell Strategic Consulting. As a communications professional with eight years of experience in communications, public relations, and policy development she has been lauded for her exceptional work in utilizing digital and social media to progress corporate and political initiatives in addition to her ability to conceptually design and implement successful communications strategies for public and private entities. Cross has served at all levels of government and maintains a strong and varied level of experience including federal grant reviewing, executive level speech writing, in addition to a wide breadth of policy experience ranging from environmental regulation and air quality standards to healthcare and tax regulation. Cross has worked on behalf of the Chicago Federal Executive Board, advising federal executives at the highest level on cost effectiveness and efficiency procedures for their respective agencies as well as leading the coordination of intergovernmental subcommittees.
Cross has experience with designing communications policy for the White House as well as communications strategies for Former Vice President, Al Gore’s Climate Project and subsequently the book turned film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Additionally, during her tenure with ASGK Public Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm founded by White House advisor, David Axelrod, provided her corporate communications experience spanning ComEd, Exelon, Integrys, Comcast, the US Olympics, and many more. Cross has researched, composed, and designed communications and consulting methodologies with measured deliverables for the highest rung of corporate and public sector organizations. Her work has resulted in over 5.2 million in grant funding for public sector organizations, legislative action on private sector growth and business commitments, as well as measured returns on private sector investment and expansion practices.
She possesses expertise in designing communications strategies for public awareness campaigns and state and national referendums/legislation as well. Most notably with the Get Covered America campaign, designing outreach models for underserved communities across IL, serving the 3rd largest uninsured population (Chicago at 533,702) in conjunction with Health and Human Services on the federal level as well as the White House’s Affordable Care Act legislation. In 2014, Cross has led the design and media implementation focus on Illinois’s mental health funding referendum, passing unanimously at the Cook County Board and appearing on the November 2014 Illinois statewide ballot. In additional to her private and public sector background, Cross is continuously sought out for her communications expertise by local, state, and national political campaigns.
Cross is a Chicagoan by birth but proud of her Mississippi upbringing. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Journalism from Belmont University (summa cum laude graduate) and a Masters in Public Administration from Roosevelt University.