Clients Draw A Decade of Hill Experience with Chelsey Penrod Hickman
Chelsey Penrod Hickman recently joined the WSW team, bringing with her an intricate understanding of the Congressional appropriations process following a decade of service to senior Republicans in the House and Senate. Chelsey Penrod Hickman
Chelsey served as Chief of Staff for Representative Kay Granger (R-Texas), the Chairwoman of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Prior to this she worked under Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, handling his entire appropriations portfolio. Coming to Washington from Idaho, Chelsey worked as a technical writer and editor for FMC Corporation. She earned her BA in English with an emphasis in Technical Writing from Brigham Young University.
Chelsey’s Capitol Hill experience affords a broad perspective covering a range of budget issues including taxes, water, energy, interior, transportation, defense, and foreign affairs. She has also gained a marked appreciation for the “good that government can accomplish in people’s lives.” Looking forward, Chelsey welcomes the opportunity to serve a variety of clients and “help them fashion and articulate a plan that effectively achieves their goals.”
Coming from a small town in a relatively small state, Chelsey is keenly aware of the big challenges faced by local municipalities and counties when dealing with the Federal Government and plans to add to the team’s understanding in these areas.
WSW holds several draws for Chelsey, starting with the respect she has for Managing Partner Donna Mullins, and appreciation for the years of Donna’s mentorship. Also key was WSW’s reputation for excellent client-focused work. Married with two children, Chelsey’s family was another key consideration, noting “the firm’s teamwork facilitates a family-friendly culture where associates with children are urged to never miss a child’s ‘first.'”