Founded in 2018, CityBright is a political and communications consulting firm created to empower & enlighten the strategies of leaders and fill bandwidth gaps existing in the public, political, voluntary & corporate sectors. Through creative tactics and a commitment to public service, we work to ensure our clients are known and trusted by the people they serve. Learn more about our work by visiting our client page.


Lauren Harper,
Founder & CEO

Lauren Harper is a political and communications strategist from South Carolina. She is Co-Founder of Secure the Ballot and The Welcome Party.

Lauren previously served as South Carolina State Director for former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign and as Policy and Communications Advisor for Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin,


Her legacy projects with the City of Columbia include creating the first municipal food policy committee in South Carolina (the Columbia Food Policy Committee); launching the Books 2 Boys & Girls program in partnership with City of Columbia Parks & Recreation, Columbia Police Department and Richland Library; and hosting the state's first peer-to-peer municipal election for the Columbia Youth Commission.

Lauren serves on the Boards of SC Women in Leadership and Bluebonnet Data.

With a passion for charting out and executing a vision, Lauren has been equipped to aid corporations, political candidates, government administrators and nonprofit leaders in identifying the best course of action and bringing those plans to life.

Amelia Wilks,

Amelia Wilks is a Columbia, South Carolina native and a 2020 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

At CityBright, she focuses on digital engagement for the firm's clients to ensure their reach is maximized. In addition, she serves as a Community Relations Coordinator at Children's Trust of South Carolina.


Amelia has previously served as Digital Organizing Manager for the Adair Ford Boroughs campaign in SC-02. She has a diverse array of political and nonprofit experiences including serving as an intern for U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, an organizing fellow for the Kamala Harris for the People presidential campaign and a program and operations intern at New Morning Foundation. As a prominent student leader, Amelia has led the charge in keeping college students engaged with diversity, social advocacy and civic engagement initiatives. 


Amelia is dynamic in her passion for engaging young voters.


Fueled by her love for serving her community, Amelia has developed a passion for equity and equal representation in politics and civic engagement. She works diligently to advocate on the behalf of Generation Z and Millennials in South Carolina.