Chakisse Newton, District 11
Phone: (803) 973-9652
Term expires: 2022
Councilwoman Chakisse Newton represents Richland County Council District 11, which begins in the City of Columbia near the VA Hospital and Fort Jackson and continues down Leesburg and Garners Ferry Roads through Hopkins and Eastover. She has deep roots in Lower Richland, where the Newton family has lived and worked for over 200 years. In her first run for public office, she continues the family tradition of community service. She brings a fresh perspective to Richland County Council and will focus on accountability, transparency and improving the quality of life for residents.
Ms. Newton brings over 20 years of diverse business experience to Council. She is the owner and president of Cardinal Consulting, which provides strategy, communications, speaking, and training services. Her professional work has included clients of all types and sizes from local non-profits and regional businesses, to global corporations like Microsoft.
She is active in the community and serves on the board of the United Way of the Midlands, where she has volunteered for over 10 years. Other board service includes South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (current), Richland Library Friends, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, among others. Councilwoman Newton is also recognized as a:
- Liberty Fellow
- Aspen Global Leadership Fellow
- Furman University Riley Diversity Leadership Fellow
- SC Ports Ambassador
- Leadership Columbia Graduate
- Blueprint for Leadership Graduate
- President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipient
- Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Young Leader of the Year
- Palmetto TWIN Award Winner
- The State Newspaper 20 Under 40 Award Recipient