Lauren Harper is a political and communications strategist. She founded and now leads consulting firm CityBright, and she is Co-Founder of The Welcome Party and WelcomePAC.
Lauren previously served as South Carolina State Director for former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, as Policy and Communications Advisor for Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and as an aide to (SC) Sen. Mia McLeod.
In the 2022 cycle, Lauren served as Coordinated Campaign Director for the Texas Democratic Party & Beto for Texas and led coordinated (hard side) PAC work with more than a dozen WelcomePAC candidates in Ohio and California.
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.
Lauren has a passion for voter education and civic engagement, particularly for young people and those who have not historically been a part of political processes.
Lauren is an alumna of the University of South Carolina.