Founded in 2018, CityBright is a political and public affairs consulting firm created to empower & enlighten the strategies of leaders and fill bandwidth gaps existing in the public, political and voluntary sectors.
MEET OUR TEAM
Lauren Harper is a South Carolina-bred political and public affairs 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.
Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Lyric Swinton is a proud 2020 graduate of the University of South Carolina.
In addition to her work at CityBright, she is Co-Founder and Director of Engagement for Secure the Ballot.
Lyric is a dynamic public speaker and in 2018, she was the only undergraduate speaker at the inaugural TEDxUofSC. Her most recent position was serving as a member of the University’s Congressional Advisory Board, where she advocated on behalf of first-generation college students to the South Carolina delegation on Capitol Hill. Her leadership and innovation resulted in being honored as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.
Lyric is passionate about creating an environment where South Carolina’s politics are reflective of the diversity of the state’s population including Generation Z, Millennial, African-American, and rural voters.
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 Collegiate Engagement for Secure the Ballot.
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.