Cornerstone Team

Matt Paul

Matt Paul joins Cornerstone this month as Senior Vice President for Cornerstone Public Affairs. Matt brings to the firm nearly twenty years of experience working in public affairs at the local, state and federal level. 

Matt began his career as a reporter in television and radio in Eastern Iowa.  He entered politics at the local level, working for two mayors of his hometown of Cedar Rapids.  He then served Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack in several positions over eight years including Press Secretary, Communications Director, and Senior Advisor.  

Matt also has experience in state and national politics.  He managed Senator Tom Harkin’s final re-election campaign in 2008. 

In 2011, Matt joined the Obama Administration as Communications Director at the US Department of Agriculture.  At USDA, he managed a staff of 75 and lead message coordination efforts around the 2014 Farm Bill and directed media relations involving USDA's seven mission areas and twenty agencies.  

Most recently, Matt served as the State Director in Iowa for the 2016 Clinton Presidential Campaign and transitioned to be the Chief of Staff for the Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. In this role, Matt managed campaign strategy and operations for the Vice Presidential candidate.