Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC was founded in the summer of 2002 as a bipartisan public affairs firm specializing in federal government relations and lobbying with an emphasis on the representation of not-for-profit organizations and a focus on the budget and appropriations process. At the time of its launch, the firm consisted of 10 professionals and was located in downtown Washington, D.C.
The firm has grown steadily since its launch and now consists of over 60 professionals in 11 locations. The firm has diversified its capabilities and professional staff and is now among the top 15 firms in the industry. Cornerstone provides professional consulting services and solutions that positively impact its corporate, association, non-profit, pro-bono, and other clients with domestic and international interests. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and General Dynamics to a wide range of colleges and universities, trade associations, local units of government and other not-for-profit organizations.
In the summer of 2004, the firm moved its corporate headquarters to 300 Independence Avenue, SE, right in the heart of Capitol Hill. The location is within a short walking distance of the Capitol and House and Senate Office buildings, which facilitates a constant presence on the Hill.
The firm continued its diversification and growth in the beginning of 2008 when it opened its first state office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The firm now has four professionals at its Louisiana location. In the spring of 2010, the third location was opened in Des Moines, Iowa with two senior professionals. In both of these locations, the firm provides traditional state government relations and lobbying services.
In 2011, Cornerstone continued its expansion into state government relations by opening offices in Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi. In 2014, Cornerstone announced the opening of an office in Richmond, Virginia. In 2015, the firm opened offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Annapolis, Maryland.