Amy's BioAmy Ford Souders is a founding member of Cornerstone, bringing with her more than twenty years of legislative, consulting and political experience. Amy focuses on public health, healthcare, and other public interest issues with a track record of effectively adding important issues to the public agenda and for dramatically advancing client funding and networks.
Amy currently serves as the executive director of the 317 Coalition, which includes over 160 advocacy groups, academics, professional associations and vaccine manufacturers that support the CDC immunization program. Her work directly resulted in appropriations report language and significant increases in funding for the Coalition’s program of interest. She is also the co-principal investigator for two grants focused on public health prevention which are supported by the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated to health.
Prior to joining Cornerstone, Amy spent four years as an associate at two well respected lobbying firms where she was responsible for all aspects of client service and business development. She also worked two years at a government contracting and consulting firm specializing in U.S. General Services Administration contracts.
Preceding her move to D.C., Amy was deputy treasurer for a successful U.S. Senate campaign. In this capacity, she was responsible for building grassroots support for the candidate while ensuring that the campaign complied with Federal Election Commission regulations. She has aided numerous political campaigns including a mayor, U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, and the President of the United States.
Amy earned a B.A. in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an active member of Les Aspin Center National Board of Visitors at Marquette University, a past President of the Illinois Group, and a long-time Cubs season ticket holder.