Interim CEO-Executive Vice President Public Policy, Affiliates & Of Counsel
Swati Patel is an attorney who serves as Executive VP of Public Policy, Affiliates & Of Counsel to the SC Chamber of Commerce and President of the Chamber Foundation. Swati has served in both the executive and legislative branches of South Carolina government for nearly twenty years. She began her service as a staff attorney for several legislative committees, including the House Judiciary Committee, House Ethics Committee, and the S.C. Legislative Council, drafting legislation for and advising members of the General Assembly. Swati began her 12-year service in the Governor’s Office first as Deputy Legal Counsel, then Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Mark Sanford and Governor Nikki Haley. Swati ended her government service as Governor Haley’s chief of staff, a position she held until Haley stepped down as Governor. Following her role as chief of staff, Swati established a law and consulting practice offering legal, public policy development, issue management, and government relations services to government agencies, trade groups and business clients. Swati attended the University of South Carolina as an undergraduate and a law student. She is married to Dr. Nick Patel, has two children and lives in Columbia.