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 and voluntary 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 South Carolina politico and communications strategist. She is also Co-Founder and Senior Advisor for Secure the Ballot, and in partnership with The Blue Lab, she is State Executive Director of The Blue Lab SC.


She previously served as South Carolina State Director for former Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign. Now as a full-time consultant, Lauren is sought out for insight and counsel concerning South Carolina politics.

As former Policy and Communications Advisor for Mayor Steve Benjamin, Lauren has also had the opportunity to engage with and influence the lives of Columbia (SC) residents as a "professional ghostwriter and city builder” since 2015. Her legacy projects with the City of Columbia include creating the first municipal food policy committee in S.C. (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 election for the Columbia Youth Commission.

With a passion for charting out and executing a vision, Lauren has been equipped to aid 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. 

In addition to her work at CityBright, Amelia is Co-Founder and Director of Digital Outreach for Secure the Ballot.


Amelia most recently 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 the state of South Carolina.

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