Todd Webster joined Cornerstone in early 2016. Prior to Cornerstone, Todd served as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, where he acted as the Senator’s top advisor on all legislative, leadership, political, and communications matters, overseeing a staff of 30 and an annual budget of $3 million. Given the Senator’s active membership on the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, and Foreign Relations Committees, Todd oversaw and executed complex legislative strategies that helped Senator Coons achieve a series of important victories for Delaware and the country on issues of tax, trade, R&D, innovation, patent reform, economic development, energy, and foreign affairs.
Todd spent four years helping advance Senator Coons’ work to increase U.S. economic engagement with Africa, which included authoring white papers, holding Senate hearings, and hosting more than 40 African heads of state at the welcome reception on Capitol Hill for the first-ever African Leaders Summit in August 2014. During his tenure with Senator Coons, Todd met with five African Presidents. He worked extensively on the Congressional reauthorizations of AGOA and the Ex-Im bank, as well as President Obama’s Electrify Africa initiative.
Todd has been named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine and one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50: Movers and Shakers on Capitol Hill.” In 2014 Todd received the alumni achievement award from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
In the mid-2000’s, Todd built a strategic communications and public affairs firm working with media outlets, advocacy organizations, and political candidates, including the successful re-elections of Senators Robert Byrd and Tom Harkin, and the election of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. His most significant achievement, however, was helping the Baltimore Orioles’ and Washington Nationals’ television network win a landmark victory at the FCC, which enabled fans in both cities to watch their home teams play baseball.
Todd served as communications director and chief spokesman for then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and held the same role for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, where he worked on a variety of aerospace, defense, and transportation issues. As the deputy communications director on the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000, Todd ensured the campaign’s surrogates were active and persuasive on cable and network television.
Todd received his M.A. from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, on whose board of advisors he now sits, and his B.A. from Bowdoin College.