Mike Reed, who has been chief of staff at the RNC since February 2022 and was termed a “calm and steady hand” by RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, is bailing out of the organization to join the public affairs practice of Cornerstone, a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm.
Cornerstone also brought on former DNC chief of staff Hyma Moore in November 2023.
At the RNC, Reed oversaw the digital, data, fundraising, political, legal and communications departments of the organization. Before taking on the chief of staff position, he had been with the organization since 2017, serving as deputy chief of staff and in several other posts.
He previously served as communications director for former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and founded River Delta Strategies, a strategic communications and research firm.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been pressing for McDaniel to step down from her post, but Reed says that did not affect his decision to leave his position. He wrote in a memo to staff that was obtained by the New York Times that “it is just time for a change.”
“I’ve known him for several years and feel strongly he will provide our clients a unique perspective on how to create messages for the goals of our current and future clients,” said Cornerstone president Campbell Kaufman.