Cornerstone Team

Erik Fatemi

Erik Fatemi joined Cornerstone after serving 12 years on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education under Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). From February 2010 through October 2013 he served as the subcommittee’s Staff Director.

During his time in the Senate he oversaw the entire breadth of funding and policy issues in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction, developing particular expertise in the areas of biomedical research and education. He is the only non-NIH employee ever to receive the NIH Director’s Award; his other honors include the 2014 Staff Recognition Award from the Committee for Education Funding for his work on the Appropriations Committee. Fatemi was the Senate’s key representative during negotiations with the House of Representatives and White House over the annual Labor-HHS-Education spending measure, and as a result of this position he maintains extensive relationships within the Executive Branch and both chambers of Congress.

Prior to Capitol Hill, Fatemi worked for a dozen years as a reporter, editor and columnist at various media outlets, most recently at Education Week, where he directed the publication’s coverage of federal education policy and education technology. Fatemi holds a degree in English from Princeton University. He is married and has three girls.