Cornerstone Team

Will Smith

Will Smith, former U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Staff Director and 22-year veteran of Capitol Hill, joined Cornerstone last month as Senior Vice President. As Staff Director, Will directed and organized all aspects of Committee operations, and served as the principal strategic and political advisor to the Chairman.  During his time on the Committee, he helped shepherd nearly 150 appropriations bills across the House floor. 

Will, a native of Beattyville, Kentucky started his career in Washington, DC in 1994 working for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a variety of capacities, including as professional staff on the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Will joined Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) staff in February of 1998 as a Senior Legislative Assistant and was promoted to Legislative Director one year later. He became Rogers’ Chief of Staff in March of 2002 and served in that capacity until joining the Chairman on the Appropriations Committee in 2011.