Jackson, Mississippi

Leadership

Chris Champion joined Cornerstone after having previously held the position of policy director for Governor Phil Bryant, where he oversaw the Governor's legistlative agenda and advised him on state and federal issues. Prior to becoming policy director, Chris's portfoliol included advising the Governor on energy, transportation, agriculture, environmental issues, marine resources, and fish and wildlife related issues. Additionally, Chris served as the Governor's designee to the Tennessee Valley Authority Regional Resource Council, Delta Regional Authority, Appalacian Regional Commission, and the Southern States Energy Board. Prior to joining Governor Bryant's staff, Chris worked as a special assistant to United States Senator Roger Wicker in Washington, D.C.

Elliott Flaggs joined Cornerstone Government Affairs’ Jackson office in October 2015. Previously, Elliott served as a special assistant attorney general with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. He served as a legislative liaison for Attorney General Jim Hood and director of the Child Desertion Unit. In this capacity, he analyzed and advocated legislation impacting state citizens and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, advised executive staff on legislative strategies, and made recommendations regarding legislative proposals. He also prosecuted parents for child neglect and abandonment in the Public Integrity Division. Prior to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Elliott attended Mississippi State University and The University of Mississippi School of Law where he graduated cum laude. Additionally, he worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for Congressman G.K. Butterfield as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation-Walmart Emerging Leader Intern.

John Keast leads a diverse group of clients at Cornerstone Government Affairs, ranging from non-profit associations to defense corporations.  A member of the firm since 2006, Keast combines his extensive background on Capitol Hill and as a political consultant to provide a unique mix of strategic and tactical services to a broad and diverse set of clients. John came to Cornerstone after eleven years as the Chief of Staff for then-Representative (now Senator) Roger Wicker (R-MS). Since 1995, he ran all facets of the congressman's administrative, policy and political activities. He also served in a concurrent role as an associate staff member of the House Appropriations Committee.

With nearly two decades of experience in Washington, Hunt Shipman has held a variety of positions in government and the private sector.  Hunt’s longstanding ties to the agricultural industry have allowed him to effectively serve some of its largest interests since joining Cornerstone in 2006. Hunt serves on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Board of Directors for the U.S. Committee for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame and received the College of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award.

Joe Sims joined Cornerstone with a wealth of experience in public and government affairs, particularly working with the energy industry in Mississippi. Prior to forming his firm, Pinnacle Consulting in 2007, Joe managed the U.S. Oil and Gas Association in the state. The association’s membership was comprised of a cross-section of energy companies. Joe's experience includes providing public and government affairs representation for some of the largest energy companies in the nation. He has demonstrated his ability time and time again to build relationships and alliances that enable his clients to work effectively in state and local government, and to accomplish their business development goals.

Susan Sweat joined Cornerstone Government Affairs in 2011 after a decade of service as staff member in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Susan’s Capitol Hill career included service as the Legislative Director for a southern member of the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Commerce, Veterans, Small Business and Banking Committees and House Appropriations and Budget Committees. A native Mississippian, she attended Mississippi College and received her B.A. in Communications.

Camille Scales Young brings almost two decades of background in the practice of state and federal government affairs to Cornerstone's Jackson, Mississippi office. Camille has worked for the state and federal legislative interests of clients as varied as an institution of higher learning, a major automotive manufacturer, associations that represent constituents in every county of the state and healthcare entities. In addition to her Capitol lobbying tasks, Camille provided significant support to clients in areas of public relations and community relations.