Cornerstone Team

Mark W. Murray

Mark Murray specializes in appropriations issues with a concentration
on international affairs and defense.  Since joining Cornerstone Government Affairs seven years ago, Mark has led efforts for internationally-focused advocacy organizations and implementing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and large defense firms. This work includes active engagement with both the Administration and the Congress on international health, agriculture, multi-lateral assistance, and defense issues and programs.  In addition, Mark has assisted major defense firms in communicating their priorities on Capitol Hill.

Mark’s leadership is based on 26 years of experience serving as professional staff for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, in addition to two years as a Principal at the firm of DLA Piper US LLP, where he assisted in the firm’s representation of internationally focused NGOs and foundations as well as several foreign governments including Afghanistan. Mark served as both majority and minority staff, developing strong working relationships with Members and staff of the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

He has extensive experience preparing appropriations bills and reports dealing with a wide range of international development and national security issues. In addition to serving as staff to the House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee for 17 years, Mark served as staff on the Military Construction; Commerce, Justice and State; Energy and Water; and the Legislative Branch subcommittees.  Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mark served as a budget analyst with the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mark has traveled extensively throughout the world, interacting with foreign and U.S. government officials to develop the Congressional response to emerging crisis situations, as well as to evaluate economic and security assistance programs.  He played an integral role in the Congressional response to the reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark has also been involved in developing appropriations bills and legislation on the Middle East peace process, transitions in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, response to numerous humanitarian disasters, conflicts in Central America, and the HIV/AIDS crisis.