Manning's BioManning joined Cornerstone in May of 2023 following his time at Watkins & Eager PLLC, where he served as a government affairs advisor. Based in Jackson, Manning supports clients at the state and federal level, specifically with infrastructure, community development, public safety, workforce development, Corps of Engineers and other issues areas.
In his previous role, he helped secure state appropriations for projects and pursued federal earmark requests, successfully advocating for tens of millions of dollars for clients. Additionally, he worked on a variety of issues including tax policy, business regulations, and federal and state regulatory approval for complex, large scale projects.
Prior to this, Manning held different roles with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), his last one being the chief of federal affairs and strategic priorities, where he worked directly with the governor and his staff to support economic development. Manning was a member of the executive committee of the state’s lead economic and community development agency advancing the state’s priorities on a variety of federal issues including aerospace, military spending and base/mission realignment, infrastructure and defense sector recruitment.
While at the MDA he also directed the activities of six division directors with a wide variety of responsibilities from strategic policy development, community development and federal regulatory compliance, in addition to coordinating the inter-governmental affairs of the agency, including working closely with the Office of the Governor, statewide elected officials, other state executive agencies, the state legislature and the federal Congressional delegation.
Manning holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.