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 joined 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 continues to advocate for transportation as an active member of WTS International, an organization dedicated to advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it, and currently serves as Professional Development Director for WTS – Florida Capital Area Chapter. Shannan is also a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists and Floridians for Better Transportation.
Shannan and her husband, Pierce, reside in Tallahassee, FL.