Columbia, SC 29201
Prior to joining Southern Strategy Group’s South Carolina office, DeWitt Zemp served as the Senior Director for Governmental Affairs with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC on issues related to government, policy, and regulatory affairs. DeWitt’s career spans more than 30 years and includes serving as an Aide to both Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, as the Director of Financial Management, and Planning and Deputy Director of Advance Operations where he played a pivotal role managing and directing the operations and logistics of coordinating the President’s agenda, communications, and messaging throughout the United States and the world. DeWitt also has works closely with current President Donald J. Trump and the United States Department of State in training and planning major global policy initiatives. DeWitt has worked closely with the governments in over 45 countries worldwide.
DeWitt has also served in key legislative staff roles at the state level including Project Manager in Global Business Development for South Carolina’s Department of Commerce where he managed over $200 million in investment projects. In addition, DeWitt served the citizens of South Carolina in the Executive Office for Policy and Programs for two respected South Carolina Governors, Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. and David M. Beasley. DeWitt was appointed by Governor Campbell as the State Director of the Federal Appalachian Regional Economic Development Program and served as Governor Beasley’s Deputy Communications Director to the Governor. In this role, DeWitt served as the Local Government Affairs Liaison for municipal and county governments. DeWitt managed and coordinated press events, was the liaison to the State Emergency Preparedness division, and served as personal assistant to the Governor. Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, DeWitt served as Director of Legislative Affairs for South Carolina’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism where he oversaw all legislation pertaining to personnel, international and domestic tourism marketing, 46 state parks, and the agency’s $50 million budget.
DeWitt has been appointed to several company boards and is involved in real estate development. In 2010, DeWitt was appointed to the Charleston Air Force base advisory council where he continues to serve the men and women of Joint Base Charleston.
DeWitt attended the College of Charleston where he studied Political Science. In December of 1999, the Governor of South Carolina presented DeWitt with the Order of the Palmetto—South Carolina’s highest civilian honor—for excellence and dedication to the Citizens of South Carolina and his continued services to the state.