Tessa Dee is the Senior Manager of Digital Strategy for IWPR. Prior to joining IWPR, Tessa served as communication manager and development director for numerous organizations, including the Democracy Alliance, the American Heart Association, and the LifeScape Foundation. Inspired by her time as Miss South Dakota 2013 and the creation of the children’s literacy organization Project Bookworm, Tessa received her Master of Arts in Communications with the intention of helping non-profit organizations better their mission-driven storytelling and enhancing their public presence. In addition to her professional pursuits, Tessa also won the title of Miss South Dakota USA 2017, becoming just the second woman from South Dakota to hold both Miss America and Miss USA titles for the state. Tessa now lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Sam, and their three rescue pets, Fitz, Franklin, and Archie.