Cornerstone Team

Matt Hinch

Matt Hinch recently joined Cornerstone Government and brings over a decade of experience in state and federal government and as a well-respected campaign and political strategist. 

Most recently, Matt served as Chief of Staff to Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the State of Iowa’s executive branch and the Governor’s office.  In addition, he served as the chief policy and political advisor to the Governor leading successful legislative efforts to strengthen Iowa’s infrastructure, improve workforce training and reduce student debt. 

Prior to his role in the Governor’s office, Hinch served as the senior vice president of government relations and public policy for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa’s largest chamber of commerce representing 21 affiliate chambers throughout the state and 5,300 business members. While at the Partnership, Hinch developed the concept and spearheaded the successful passage of the Iowa Reinvestment Act, a creative funding strategy bringing $100 million in resources to spur development into Iowa communities.

Hinch was also influential in building support for the largest property tax reduction for all classes of property in Iowa’s history and the Governor’s historic education reform initiative, which has been recognized nationally by education organizations and the U.S. Department of Education for its innovative Teacher Leadership and Compensation plan.

Previously, Hinch served as chief of staff to Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.  As the top aide to Paulsen, Matt was instrumental in assisting the Speaker and the House Republican Caucus as they successfully worked to eliminate a $900 million budget shortfall. 

Hinch also served as legislative director and campaign manager for Congressman Tom Latham. With Latham, Hinch managed the Congressman’s legislative portfolio and his work on several House Appropriations subcommittees, assisting the Congressman in securing millions of dollars for his Iowa constituents.  He also led two successful grassroots re-election efforts for Latham, including a 21-point victory in 2008.

Matt is involved in a variety of local community initiatives including the Every Student, Every Day, Dowling Catholic High School Annual Appeal. Matt is also an active member in the Iowa State Blue Ribbon Foundation, an organization that works to promote and enhance activities for Iowa youth at the world renowned Iowa State Fair. Matt is a contributor to the University of Iowa Foundation and the University of Iowa Athletics Department. Matt holds a B.A. In Communications, a minor in Political Science and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Henry Tippie College of Business, all at the University of Iowa. A native of Des Moines, Matt resides in West Des Moines with his wife and two children.