Cornerstone Team

Geoffrey J. Gonella

Geoff Gonella brings over twenty years of management experience and specialized knowledge in the development and implementation of
campaign strategies in the fields of government relations and public affairs communications to Cornerstone Government Affairs.  In addition to his varied client work at Cornerstone, Geoff, one of the organization’s founding members, serves as the firm’s president and managing partner.  In this capacity, he manages the day-to-day operations of the business and oversees all aspects of the company’s ten offices. 

Prior to launching Cornerstone Government Affairs, Geoff spent 10 years at the largest independent government relations firm in Washington, D.C.—focusing on government relations, communications, business development and marketing as well as grassroots organizing and political consulting. As Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, Geoff was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of all facets of the company’s business development and marketing activities, in addition to managing a staff of senior professionals and dozens of consultants.  During this time, he directed several consecutive years of record growth and expansion and participated on the firm’s management team.

Geoff is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the national not-for-profit Kids Voting USA where he is the immediate past Chairman.  Other board memberships include The University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Mater Dei School and the Washington Jesuit Academy. Geoff has also been involved in politics at the local, state, and federal levels, including extensive work throughout the state of Maryland. 

Geoff, a native Washingtonian, holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.