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Anyone dedicated to the study, uses, trends, and history of Persuasion (subset of Communication Studies). Usually refers to scholars, educators, political operatives, journalists, public relations and marketing professionals who deal with persuasion as it pertains to their chosen field.

Also, anyone engaging in an excessive amount of obvious persuasion to attain their goal.
"This political ad has so many stats, music, images of children and flags, it must have been made by a persuasionista."

"Karl wants to go out with me and keeps sending me notes, flowers and chocolate; he's being a total persuasionista about it!"
by Jeff Burks October 17, 2007
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