Chandra Dillard

  • Rep. Chandra Dillard is Director of Community Relations for Furman University.   She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University and a Masters in Public Administration from Walden University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Furman’s Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative, and Leadership South Carolina. After a distinguished service record on Greenville City Council for nine years as the first woman to represent her district, in November 2008 she was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives. She is a ranking member of the Agriculture Committee and Chairs the Environmental Affairs subcommittee.—making her the first women to hold this position. In 2012 she was elected by her colleagues to serve on the House Ethics Committee. Rep. Dillard is the organizer and chair of the Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative (NCFC), a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to improve child, parent and community outcomes through education, employment, and health by creating a sustainable infrastructure for success. NCFC has successfully engaged in a partnership with the Phillis Wheatley Association and S.H.A,R.E. Head Start to return Head Start early learning classrooms to the Nicholtown community for 2 and 3 year olds creating an early learning pipeline to Sterling Elementary School.  Rep. Dillard is a consummate hands-on advocate for her constituents.  Over the course of her public service she has secured more than $100 million dollars to address community development, human investment and infrastructure needs.

    Rep. Dillard keeps her pulse on the local community by serving on several boards and committees such as Community Works Carolina, Bank of Travelers Rest Advisory board, Institute for Child Success Advisory Board, the Peace Center board and United Way of Greenville.   She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and John Wesley United Methodist Church.  Miss. Dillard’s efforts to improve her state and community have not gone unnoticed but have been recognized by the awards and honors she has received.  And while she’s grateful for the recognitions, she takes greater pride in the “team efforts” to improve the quality of life for those persons who are often unseen and underserved.