2013 NLC Fellows: Charleston


Jeannette Atchley

My name is Jeannette Atchley but I also go by Jeni. I am 24 years old and live in Ladson, South Carolina. I was born in Augsburg Germany on an Army Base. I was raised in Monterey, California till I was 9 and now live in South Carolina. I graduated from Charleston Southern University, in 2010, with a BS in Criminal Justice with minors in Business Administration and Political Science. I was active in, College Democrats, Student Government and South Carolina Student Legislature while attending Charleston Southern University. While involved in South Carolina Student Legislature I aided in writing a law for South Carolina (SC Code 40-81: multiple sections dealing with Mixed Martial Arts). I have a Masters of Public Administration with emphasis in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University. I currently serve as the 3rd Vice Chair of the Dorchester County Democratic Party. I was recently named a Rising Star by the South Carolina New Democrat Party. I also am a SC New Democrats Fellow.

Lauren Bilton

Lauren Bilton is a senior at the University of South Carolina. She intends to graduate May 2013 with a BA in Psychology and a cognate in Comparative Literature. Lauren was the youngest female delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO and was the youngest delegate in the SC delegation at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. She continues to be committed to the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and looks forward to her participation in the New Leaders Council.

Michelle Bloom, Intern, SC New Democrats

Michelle has always been interested in politics having lived right outside the greatest political capitol in the world, Washington, DC. In high school she was involved in Model United Nations, an interest that has continued to this day. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, Michelle moved to Charleston, SC to attend the honors college at the College of Charleston as a political science major. She has since then added a second major in international studies and currently works as an intern for the South Carolina New Democrats and has worked on the recent 2012 local campaigns through this group. She is a part of CofC Democrats, the Political Science Club, and is an Honors Ambassador. In addition, Michelle has held many past internships including working for her House Representative in Maryland, Chris Van Hollen; working for political consultant Jeremiah Pope who is located in Washington, DC and works on campaigns and fundraising for a number of local and state representatives; and completing an internship with the District Attorney in Charleston County. Michelle greatly enjoys being involved in the political process as well as studying politics at the college. She will be graduating with honors in May 2013 and plans to take a year off in which she will complete more internships in the Washington, DC area until beginning law school in the fall of 2014. She hopes that working with the NLC Institute will help her to gain more experience in leading campaigns as well as understanding further the political process and how to work with the various organizations and individuals in politics and hopefully acquire a vast network of colleagues and friends while doing so.

Cason Gaither

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Graduated the College of Charleston in May of 2003 with a BA in Political Science. Returned to Columbia in July of 2006 to attend the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Completed International MBA in May of 2008. Studied abroad in Cuba in 2003 and Mexico in 2007. Started several small business before becoming involved in politics in the 2010 election cycle. Loves international travel, fine dining, fast cars, and beautiful women.

Michael Glymph

I am from Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Dutch Fork High School. I received my BS from the Francis Marion University in Political Science. While in college I founded the College Democrats at Francis Marion University. I serve as State President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina, 3rd Vice Chairman of the Richland County Democratic Party, member of Talented Tenth, Prince Hall Freemason Mt. Pisgah #437.

Charles Hale

Charlie Hale is a native of the coalfields of Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Charlie received his MBA and JD from West Virginia University. Following law school, he served as an assistant public defender in northeastern Tennessee. Charlie later relocated to South Carolina where he has worked on various statewide and local political races. He most recently served as a Regional Field Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

LaTwyla Mathias, Youth Activist, SC Contraceptive Access

LaTwyla Mathias is a dedicated public servant and passionate advocate for politics and public health with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS issues. She has worked on numerous political campaigns in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania including congressional, gubernatorial, and municipal races. She has previously worked in the South Carolina State House under Representative Robert Brown, Representative J. David Weeks, and Senator-elect Karl Allen. She has also worked in the District Office of Congressman James E. Clyburn. Recently she conducted a voter registration and pledge card drive through a partnership between Religious Coalition for Reproduction Choice and Rock the Vote. LaTwyla has completed multiple youth initiatives in the area of public health including, SIHLE, an intervention through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which she has facilitated in different venues around the Columbia area. She has also worked with the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council specifically with faith based organizations. In addition to politics and public health, LaTwyla has worked with youthful offenders incarcerated at the South Carolina Department of Corrections and she is an active volunteer with the women inmates. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Columbia where she is a member of the Health and Wellness and Young Adult ministries. LaTwyla is a Congressional District Leader with the One Campaign, a member of Pi Beta Phi, and an Opportunity Nation Leader representing South Carolina. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, LaTwyla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA. LaTwyla is currently a Youth Activist for the South Carolina Contraceptive Access Campaign the local organization funded by Advocates For Youth, a grassroots organization promoting contraceptive access and sexual health.

Bryanta Maxwell-Booker, Operations Analyst, Palmetto GBA

Bryanta Booker-Maxwell, a native of Laurens, South Carolina believes that leaders are not born, they are made. Bryanta has dealt with politics since 2001 in her hometown. She started her political background serving on a campaign for an individual running for local Sheriff. This is where her love of politics and the political process began. She started interning for attorneys in her hometown the summer of her 8th grade year. When President George W. Bush ran for President her love of politics transformed to a deeper level. Upon graduation from high school, she decided to attend South Carolina State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Pre-law concentration in 2006. During her matriculation she served as Second Vice President of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and served as Second Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. She is currently employed as an Operations Analyst (government contractor) with Palmetto GBA of Columbia, South Carolina. In this capacity she analyzes proposed governmental policies and procedures as it pertains to certain Medicaid contracts. Bryanta has worked on the Hilary Clinton campaign where she served as a community organizer. She later moved on to work as a volunteer for Obama 2008. In 2010 she served as a volunteer for Rob Miller for congress and served as a field director and scheduler for James Shadd for Solicitor. In 2012 she served as a campaign advisor to David Owens of Kingstree, South Carolina who ran for County Council. She serves her community through her sorority where she is a member of the Alpha Omicron Zeta chapter. She is also a political blogger where she discusses political events or political trends. The name of her blog is politicalnomics.wordpress.com. Her political role models are Member of Congress James Clyburn and Nancy Pelosi. Besides blogging, Bryanta enjoys traveling, healthy living and eating, being a mom to her 6 year old son and a wife to her husband of 6 years

Bretticca Moody, Counselor, College Of Charleston

From a young child I have had a vested interest in making a positive difference in the life of others and for the greater good.I was raised in Denmark, South Carolina and a 2006 honor graduate of Denmark-Olar High School. I attended the College Charleston graduated in 2010 with a B.A in Political Science. In college I became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and volunteered and interned with various civic and political organizations. I currently serve as an academic counselor for the ROAR Scholars TRIO SSS Program at the College of Charleston.

JA Moore, Guest Service Manager, Ruby Tuesday

JA Moore is a 27 years old, African American, Hospitality Manager in Charleston, SC. The third of four childern of the James A. and Ernestina S. Moore (Civil Rights Leader / Founder of Hampton County Commitee for the Betterment of Poor People & Educator). He studied Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wale University and currently is enrolled at Trident Technical College in their Paralegal Program. JA's public work includes the following: Kids Cafe Chef, Guest Speaker, Volunteer Mentor at Metanoia, Volunteer Basketball Coach with North Charleston Department of Parks and Recreation, Staff on Inez Tenenbaum's 2004 Senatorial Campaign, Field Director on Mullins McLeod's 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign, Field Organizer on Bobbie Rose's 2012 Congressional Campaign, current Thrid Vice Chairman of Charleston County Democratic Party, and Cooking Matters' Culinary Instructor. JA's motto is , "If not now then when? If not you than who?"

Jamario Twitty, Mathematics Educator, Greenville County School District

Lifelong South Carolina native and two time Clemson Alumnus, J.Twitty is a youth educator and mentor, professional business networker, holistic health enthusiast, servant leader, and aspiring progressive political strategist. His current focus is his 7th grade mathematics students at Lakeview Middle School in Greenville, SC. In his free time he enjoys staying athletic and exemplifying a healthy lifestyle, reading, internet marketing, and contributing to local community projects at his church and through the Urban League of the Upstate.

Brandon Upson, NBC NCOIC, SC Army National Guard

Raised in Aiken SC, Brandon joined the SC army national in 2003, graduated from Silverbluff HS in 2004 and deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. In 2010, Brandon was the youngest Soldier in the state to be promoted to Staff Sergeant. After his deployment to Iraq, he relocated to Charleston SC to attend the College of Charleston in the spring of 2010 where he majored in Business Administrations and Political Science. During his time at CofC, he became involved in community and political organizing, which led to his involvement in numerous political campaigns and eventually the founding of Future for a Working Democracy (FWD), a grassroots based organization focused on rebuilding power in under served communities through training and action. Brandon has committed his life to serving his country and community through the values instilled in him by his Grandmother, and progressive ideals. He lives by the words of his Grandmother who always told him, "never forget to offer your hand to the person behind you."

Mallen Urso

Mallen Urso was born and raised in Clover, South Carolina where she graduated at the top of her class from Clover High School. With plans to graduate in May of 2013, she combines her love of politics and passion for women's issues through her double major in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. During her undergraduate career, Mallen has worked on independent research regarding women in South Carolina politics. In the spring of 2012, Mallen spent a semester interning in Washington, DC for the National Women's Political Caucus, a multi-partisan non-profit that supports women running for office. This year, she continues her research on women in politics through her Honors Bachelors Essay entitled the History and Efficacy of State-Level Women-Centered PACs. Mallen is actively involved with campus life at the College of Charleston. She is a member of the CofC Honors College and holds a fellowship in the William Aiken Fellows Society. She serves as President of the Student Alumni Associates, President of the Honors Student Association, as a Women’s and Gender Studies mentor, and a member of Charleston 40 (The College’s tour guide association). In the fall of 2012, Mallen worked as an intern for the South Carolina New Democrats and has, most recently, been named a SC New Democrats Fellow.

Kyle Watson, Field Director, South Carolina Democratic Party

Kyle’s passion for public service is rooted in a belief that civic engagement and accountability to community are the cornerstones of meaningful societal change. As evidence of his commitment to service, he received a 2012 Rising Star award from the South Carolina New Democrats. This award recognizes future leaders of the Palmetto State. In 2011, amid speculation over campaign expenditures, Kyle filed an ethics complaint against the Lieutenant Governor. As a result, the South Carolina Ethics Commission found him guilty of 107 ethics violations; a subsequent criminal investigation by a Grand Jury forced him to resign. As the data and field director for the South Carolina Democratic Party, Kyle led field operations for two special elections, in which the candidates improved on Democratic performance by an average of 6%. In the 2012 General Election, South Carolinians elected six new Democratic members to the General Assembly. He is also a volunteer data trainer for the Healthy Columbia campaign, a project of the Rippel Foundation. Kyle graduated in 2010 with a BA in history and political science from the University of South Carolina. In 2009 he participated in a prestigious exchange program at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. It is the oldest running exchange program for either University.