Chelsi Bennett, J.D. currently serves as the Virginia Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. She has a wealth of experience from both serving as a staff person for an elected official and having served as an elected official herself.
Mrs. Bennett began her career working for a global company with offices in over 70 countries. During her tenure, she managed diversity committees globally, and planned and executed events in India, Israel, North America, and the United Kingdom. From Information Technology to Human Resources, she built a portfolio that showcases her ability to strategize, collaborate across cultures, and execute global plans.
Mrs. Bennett was elected in 2010 as the Commissioner/Supervisor of Soil and Water Conservation District Group 5 in Jacksonville, Florida. She served for 3 years and was the youngest elected female in Jacksonville’s history.
After serving as an elected official, Mrs. Bennett was appointed by a Florida Cabinet member (statewide elected) to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor in Florida’s Capitol. Her portfolio included environmental, military, and veterans’ affairs.
She continued using her policy and lobbying skills in Richmond, Virginia, serving both the legislative and executive branches.
Mrs. Bennett is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law and member of the Florida Bar. She is also a graduate of the University of North Florida with a B.B.A. in Business Management and a minor in Mass Communication.