Chani W. Wiggins has leveraged 16 years of federal government experience to assist clients with various policy interests in Congress and within the Administration.
Since September 2010, Chani has represented clients with priorities in national security, telecommunications and technology, and energy policies. She also serves as a strategic advisor for the Government & Technology Services Coalition (GTSC), an organization of small and mid-sized company executives that develop and implement solutions for the federal homeland and national security sector.
Before her move to the private sector, Chani served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She led the development and implementation of DHS’s legislative strategy with Congress on cybersecurity, immigration, border and aviation security, and disaster response and recovery. Chani was also instrumental in coordinating communications with Congress during the Christmas Day attempted airplane bombing in 2009 and the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010.
During her 12 years on Capitol Hill, Chani served as Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) Legislative Director, former Senator Mark Dayton’s (D-MN) Deputy Chief of Staff, and former Congressman Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) Legislative and Communications Director. She was also a senior policy aide for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and professional staff on the Health Education and Labor Committee. Chani is known for her work in building relationships on both sides of the political aisle, co-founding the Bipartisan Legislative Directors Group in 2007 to find common ground among the Senate’s 100 Legislative Directors.
Chani earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Florida and Georgia before moving to Washington.