Camila's BioCamila Knowles joins Cornerstone’s Atlanta, Georgia office on October 1, 2017 as senior vice president and counsel. She comes to the firm after serving in Governor Nathan Deal’s cabinet as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) since 2015. In this role, she led the agency’s work for community development, ensuring that communities are prepared for creating jobs across the state through workforce housing, community infrastructure, downtown development, and economic development financing.
Prior to her service in the Deal Administration, she was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. She began her career with Senator Chambliss in 2003 as one of the Senator’s designees on the Senate Judiciary Committee focusing on immigration law and policy. After serving as a legislative assistant and chief counsel for the Senator in Washington, D.C., she moved to his Atlanta office in 2009 as state director, and was named chief of staff in 2013.
While on Senator Chambliss’ staff, Camila worked on a host of legislative issues, including energy policy, comprehensive immigration reform, nominees to federal district and appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court, Georgia’s tri-state water wars, and the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. She also worked on appropriations bills providing federal funding to numerous Georgia projects.
Prior to her work with Senator Chambliss, Camila served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. She holds an A.B. in History from Harvard, from which she graduated with cum laude distinction, and a law degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the State Bar of North Carolina.
Camila is a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Georgia, a member of the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board, and an alumni interviewer for Harvard. She resides in Atlanta with her husband Sean and their four children. Camila is an active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, where she serves on the church’s Staff-Parish Council.