Mark Drennen brings to Cornerstone Government Affairs over 30 years of policy and legislative experience in state and local government. His experience in the State of Louisiana includes eight years as Commissioner of Administration under Governor Mike Foster. In that capacity, he was responsible for preparing and implementing the State’s operating and capital budgets, supervising the administration of the State’s contract, purchasing and IT operations as well as the health insurance program for state employees. He also led annual briefings to Wall Street analysts that resulted in four bond rating upgrades for the State.
Camp Kaufman brings 17 years of public affairs experience to Cornerstone, where he concentrates his efforts in the areas of telecommunications, information technology, and health care. As a founding and managing partner of Cornerstone, Camp currently leads project teams for clients as diverse as Microsoft Corporation, CenturyLink, Stupp Corporation, and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. He also leads Cornerstone’s expansion into state government relations, with the first outpost established in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his hometown. In this role, Camp is involved in a number of political and business activities in Louisiana, as well as assisting with the office’s state clients.
Gabrielle Kees has over 12 years of experience working in and around the Louisiana legislature and Louisiana politics. She earned a Juris Doctor from LSU and subsequently served as a law clerk for the 20th Judicial District Court. For six years she served as a staff attorney for various committees in the Louisiana House of Representatives where she specialized in drafting legislation on occupations and professions, banking and financial institutions, business associations, river navigation and piloting, and commerce. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Ms. Kees led legislative efforts for six years at the Louisiana Association for Justice.
Nial Patel joined Cornerstone in 2011 after more than seven years of service to Governor Bobby Jindal that dates back to his first run for governor in 2003. As one of the longest serving senior staff members for the governor, Nial worked as the Director of Scheduling.
Paul Rainwater joined Cornerstone Government Affairs as a consultant in 2014 with over twenty years of experience working in and around Louisiana government and Louisiana politics. Paul spent the previous six years serving for Governor Jindal and most recently held the title of Governor Jindal’s Chief of Staff. Prior to his latest position, Paul held the title of Commissioner of Administration. During his tenure with Jindal, Paul's duties varied from managing the Governor’s cabinet, legislative policy development, state budget development, working with members of the Louisiana legislature, stakeholders, and government officials across the state of Louisiana.
Matt Thomas joined Cornerstone Government Affairs in 2008 while attending law school and in 2010 he became a full-time member of the staff as legislative counsel. As a member of the Baton Rouge team, Matt assists on a diverse group of clients that range from health care to technology.
Eric Tober since 1992 has served on Capitol Hill and as a government affairs professional focused on issues involving infrastructure development and financing, R&D funding, natural resources, and energy production and delivery. Having served on Capitol Hill in the House and the Senate, Mr. Tober brings both a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to the Cornerstone team.