Carl Blackstone


Carl Blackstone
President & CEO

Carl Blackstone is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Chamber. With a strong background in public policy, government relations and strategic communications, Carl brings a wealth of experience in working with small and large businesses, as well as professional trade associations on local, state and federal levels.

As government relations advisor for the clients of Copper Dome Strategies, LCC, a subsidiary of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A, he assisted clients with legislative and other governmental actions before the South Carolina General Assembly, South Carolina Governor’s Office and executive branch of the state of South Carolina. He also worked closely with the members and staff of the South Carolina U.S. Congressional delegation.

Prior to joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Carl served as senior legislative advisor to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford where he was the governor's liaison to the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives. Previously, Carl worked as the manager of state government relations for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and district field manager for Mark Sanford when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As an active member in the community, Carl currently serves as a member of the Riverbanks Society, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital board of directors and a member of First Presbyterian Church. He is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina. Carl received his degree in business administration from College of Charleston.

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