Baton Rouge

Leadership

Will Cousineau joined Cornerstone’s Springfield office earlier this month as a senior vice president. Most recently, Will served eight years as the political director for Speaker Madigan and the Democratic Party of Illinois. Over the past 10 years, he worked directly with Speaker Madigan to shape, develop and implement the strategy and messaging for the Speaker’s legislative and political agenda and the agendas of every member of the House Democratic Caucus. He also was responsible for implementing the political, legislative and outreach strategies for House Democratic Caucus members and all aspects of the Illinois House’s political operation. He has also worked closely with all House Appropriations Committee Chairmen to craft state budgets and help determine how the state should spend resources.  When the last state capital bill was passed, Will helped members determine local needs in their districts and prioritize those needs for funding.

Mike Smith
advises a broad array of non-profit, corporate and tribal entities on a host of issues before the federal government including health care, energy, transportation, technology, tax, and trade matters.   With his years of legislative and regulatory experience, as well as numerous contacts in all corners of government, Mike is able to serve his clients’ diverse needs. Mike has extensive experience and remains heavily involved in Democratic politics at the local, state and federal levels. In 2004, DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe appointed Mike to the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention. Previously, he served as the Midwest Political Director for the Gore 2000 and Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaigns. In this position, he coordinated the campaign’s efforts in 8 states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, in the battleground area of the Midwest.

William Smith joined Cornerstone as senior consultant with a wealth of experience in politics and government affairs, particularly working with the financial services industry in Illinois. Prior to joining Cornerstone, he served as General Counsel to a state chartered community bank which managed more than one billion dollars in assets and operated subsidiary insurance and title insurance agencies. In that role, Mr. Smith worked at the state and national levels on legislative initiatives that affected the industry.

Amy Ford Souders is a founding member of Cornerstone, bringing with her more than a decade 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. 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 member of the Illinois State Society.

Timothy Wolfmeyer is a native of suburban Chicago. He joined the staff of Cornerstone Government Affairs in July 2009 from the office of Assistant Senate Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin (D-IL). A journalist by trade, Tim took the path less traveled to Washington—in a previous life he covered Major League Baseball for an award-winning Chicago-area newspaper.