Shannan Dunaway Schuessler serves as a principal at The Fiorentino Group, where she provides insight to clients on a variety of issues before state and local governments. Shannan joins the firm after serving as the Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). As Chief of Staff, Shannan worked closely with the Department’s Secretary regarding the supervision and operation of all department activities, including policy development and legislation, responsibility for 6,200 employees and development and implementation of a $10B annual budget. Shannan also served as the primary liaison for FDOT with other state agencies, local governments and the Florida Legislature to advance multimodal transportation projects and priorities.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Shannan was the Director of Legislative Affairs where she was responsible for day-to-day interactions with state and local elected officials on a variety of transportation issues, working with legislative committee staff on proposed legislation, and navigating Department policies through the legislative process. During this time, Shannan also successfully managed the Senate confirmation process for two Department Secretaries.
Shannan and her husband, Pierce, reside in Tallahassee.