Government affairs specialist with more than a decade of policy and legislative experience to assist clients in D.C. and Georgia
Cornerstone Government Affairs today announced that Lawrence Bell, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to U.S. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-GA), will be joining its government relations team beginning Feb. 15. At Cornerstone, Bell will leverage his policy expertise and relationships with policymakers in D.C. and Georgia to assist clients in advancing their legislative objectives.
“Lawrence’s relationships in Georgia and Washington, D.C., and his deep understanding of the political landscapes in both places, will be invaluable to current and future clients of the firm,” said Campbell Kaufman, Cornerstone Managing Director. “We are thrilled he has put his trust in us and look forward to working with him on behalf of our clients in both cities.”
Bell’s early leadership role on Sen. Warnock’s 2020 senatorial campaign, where he served as Advisor and Chief of Staff, helped chart Warnock’s historic path to victory as the first Black U.S. Senator from Georgia, a win key to securing a Democratic majority in the Senate. As Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Sen. Warnock, Bell led the transition team responsible for setting up the new Senator’s office, and has since served as a key policy and legislative advisor to Sen. Warnock, while managing his staff and overall operation of the Senate office.
Prior to joining the Warnock campaign, Bell served as the Director of Government and Community Affairs in the Atlanta office of a national law firm. In this role, Bell represented some of the country’s largest corporations, working with state and local elected officials to help shape public policy and regulations across a variety of industries including transportation, technology and sustainability. Bell was also responsible for community engagement initiatives, helping the firm develop and implement its philanthropic strategy.
“Cornerstone is extremely well respected in both Georgia and D.C. because of the great service its professionals provide and results they deliver for their clients,” Bell said. “Cornerstone’s culture of collaboration and teamwork along with its deep roster of talented individuals top the list of the many reasons I’m so excited to join the team.”
Bell has a long track record of serving his community, having volunteered with numerous organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Yes Atlanta and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals. He has served on the boards of the Young Adult Guidance Center, the Atlanta Chapter of National Black MBA Association and Groundwork Atlanta, a non-profit focused on environmental sustainability. Bell is a former trustee at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he is still a member, and he has been recognized by Southern Journal Magazine as one of their 14 influential people under 40. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and earned his MBA from Georgia State University.