Candace Shiver is an accomplished attorney with over 10 years of professional experience in business advocacy, policy and strategy. From representing corporations at a large national firm in Columbia to serving in key positions within the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government, Candace demonstrates a unique understanding of the intersection between Government Relations and Business Development.
As the Senior Director of Business Development of the Jamii Group, Candace plays an integral role in cultivating relationships with key stakeholders to advance business development efforts in public and private sectors. Her internal responsibilities include leading the negotiation of contracts and agreements with all partners and clients.
Candace Shiver is also the CEO of Shiver & Associates, LLC, a strategic legal, government relations, and business development firm based in Columbia, South Carolina, and with offices in Washington, DC. The Firm’s Legal Division advises its business clients in matters of Corporate Law and International Trade, and represents individuals before Federal Government departments and agencies. Its Consulting Division assists and promotes its client’s entry into new markets, both within the U.S. and in foreign nations, and also advocates for its client’s interests before Executive and Legislative Branches of State and Federal Governments.
In 2012, Candace received a Presidential Appointment to serve in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, where, as Senior Advisor to the National Director, she negotiated key strategic internal and external partnerships, and provided pertinent policy advice to enhance the growth and competitiveness of U.S. firms in the domestic and international marketplaces, resulting in increased contract opportunities and job creation. She helped to lead the agency on major internationally-focused, government-wide initiatives such as the Doing Business in Africa Campaign, the Look South Initiative, and collaborated on economic policies to build ties between U.S. minority and Indigenous communities abroad, which included the sharing of best practices with foreign nations under significant bilateral agreements.
Previously serving also in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Justice; on Capitol Hill; and as a lawyer in South Carolina, where she was honored as one of the “top 20 under 40” rising business stars, Candace has successfully navigated a professional career building relationships and coalitions on both sides of the aisle. She offers a bipartisan approach to business advocacy and representation, and draws on her experiences and relationships to help clients navigate complex public and private landscapes, and reach their business goals.