Chip Slaven joined the Alliance in March 2010 as a senior advocacy associate. He is currently counsel to the president and senior advocacy advisor. Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Slaven was engaged in private legal practice representing complex business organizations in the areas of government contracts, government affairs, and white-collar compliance and defense. Prior to his legal career, he was a senior level state government official, congressional employee, and political campaign worker for more than twelve years in the employ of Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance.
Mr. Slaven served on Governor Wise’s senior staff as director of federal policy and intergovernmental affairs and was his chief point of contact with the White House and federal executive branch—including the U.S. Department of Education, Congress, and other governor offices. Mr. Slaven was a leader among his peers serving as chair of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and the Southern Governors’ Association’s SAC.
When Governor Wise was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Slaven served as his district director. He assisted in organizing various grassroots-based campaigns on important education issues, including maintaining funding for the Title I program, the National School Lunch program, and federal financial aid during proposed budget cuts of those programs by Congress. Mr. Slaven also has considerable experience in federal and state political campaigns and fundraising.
Mr. Slaven earned his JD and BA degrees from West Virginia University. During law school, he worked as a graduate assistant in the University Office of Student Support Services—the office that manages the federally funded TRIO program designed to identify and provide services on campus for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr. Slaven is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and West Virginia.