Staff

Interim CEO
  • Swati Patel
    swati.patel@scchamber.net

    Interim CEO-Executive Vice President Public Policy, Affiliates & Of Counsel

    803-255-2630

    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.

Leadership Team
  • Swati Patel
    swati.patel@scchamber.net

    Interim CEO-Executive Vice President Public Policy, Affiliates & Of Counsel

    803-255-2630

  • Lauri Moore
    lauri.moore@scchamber.net

    Vice President of Investor Relations

    (803) 255-2544

  • Cynthia Bennett
    Cynthia.Bennett@scchamber.net

    Vice President of Education and Workforce Development

    (803) 255-2542

    Cynthia M. Bennett graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Political Science. She is the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Policies and oversees the education programs for the Chamber. Prior to this position, she served as the AVP of Education and the Business Relations Director for the SC GEAR UP program. Cynthia has over nineteen years of experience working with schools and businesses to improve students' academic achievement and to encourage post secondary education institutions to produce an educated workforce for South Carolina. She also serves as a part of the Chamber's Legislative Team and focuses on the education and workforce legislation. Cynthia has served on the Education Oversight Committee, United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors, SC Afterschool Alliance Board (Chair), and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated with Richland County Alumnae Chapter. Cynthia is married to James A. Bennett and they have two sons, J. Anthony and Houston.

  • Caroline Donaldson
    caroline.donaldson@scchamber.net

    Associate Vice President of Chamber Affiliates & Board Secretary

    (803) 255-2545

    Caroline Donaldson is a 1994 Cum Laude graduate of Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Psychology. She joined the Chamber in 2013 as an Executive Assistant and Board Secretary. In 2017, Caroline took over as Associate VP of Administrative Services and continues her role as Board Secretary. She is active member of her church, volunteers for 2 organizations that help the fight against pediatric cancers, the WinAnyway Foundation & Kick it Kaylin, and serves on the Rosewood Classical School Board. In her free time she enjoys sports and fitness. Caroline resides in Columbia with her husband Scott and together they have 6 children.

Public Policy/Press and Media
Education & Workforce
  • Cynthia Bennett
    Cynthia.Bennett@scchamber.net

    Vice President of Education and Workforce Development

    (803) 255-2542

    Cynthia M. Bennett graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Political Science. She is the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Policies and oversees the education programs for the Chamber. Prior to this position, she served as the AVP of Education and the Business Relations Director for the SC GEAR UP program. Cynthia has over nineteen years of experience working with schools and businesses to improve students' academic achievement and to encourage post secondary education institutions to produce an educated workforce for South Carolina. She also serves as a part of the Chamber's Legislative Team and focuses on the education and workforce legislation. Cynthia has served on the Education Oversight Committee, United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors, SC Afterschool Alliance Board (Chair), and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated with Richland County Alumnae Chapter. Cynthia is married to James A. Bennett and they have two sons, J. Anthony and Houston.

Executive Staff
Marketing and Communications/Events
Membership