Eric Tilley – Executive Vice President
Originally from North Charleston, Eric graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and attained the rank of Colonel in the US Army. During his service, he held key leadership positions throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He is an accomplished executive leader and manager with over two decades of extensive team building, problem solving and management experience, ranging from small teams to large, complex & diverse organizations, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets. Eric has been directly engaged with public policy issues at the local, state, national and international levels. A graduate of the US Army War College, he has Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Strategic Studies.
Melissa Levesque – Development Executive
Melissa Levesque has dedicated her professional career to assisting donors and nonprofits fully realize their philanthropic objectives. As a vice president in the Endowment and Foundations division of SunTrust Bank, Ms. Levesque managed a multi-billion portfolio of the bank’s planned giving, nonprofit, and private foundation clients. In the nonprofit sector, she has held senior positions with the Council on Foundations, DonorsTrust, and Donors Capital Fund. Additionally, she been a speaker at numerous philanthropic conferences and has been interviewed or quoted on philanthropic issues by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Worth, Registered Rep magazine and other national media outlets. Ms. Levesque received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Queens University of Charlotte and her Juris Doctor and Masters degrees from the University of Georgia.
Lauren Mullis – Development Coordinator
Lauren Mullis handles the development department’s day to day duties. Lauren began working at the Policy Council in the Fall of 2012 as a University of South Carolina sophomore majoring in Public Relations. After a brief time away, she returned as a member of the full-time staff. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina in 2015. In her free time, Lauren enjoys exploring Columbia, being crafty, and going to yard sales.
Barton Swaim – Communications Director
Prior to joining the SC Policy Council, Barton Swaim worked as a writer for Gov. Mark Sanford. He holds postgraduate degrees in English literature from Edinburgh University and the University of South Carolina. He is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post and writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Criterion, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is also the author of The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics. Barton is married with three daughters.
Phillip Cease – Research Director
Before joining the Policy Council, Phillip Cease was policy advisor to Governor Mark Sanford, assistant to State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and Executive Director for the SC Club for Growth. Most recently, he was President of South Carolinians for Responsible Government where he was integral in developing South Carolina’s first private school choice program. Phillip is married with two daughters.
Hannah Hill – Policy Analyst
Hannah Hill has worked in SC politics for years, volunteering for and managing political campaigns prior to working for the SC Policy Council. As a grassroots activist she utilized SCPC policy research and analysis, and eventually joined the team to help develop it. Hannah currently works on bill analysis, policy research, and contributes to The Nerve. Prior to transitioning into full-time politics, she was a project manager and Director of Customer Happiness at Castle Media Group. A lifelong South Carolinian, Hannah comes from a large family whose South Carolina roots go back for generations.
Duncan Taylor – Policy Analyst
Duncan Taylor completed his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Texas and his Master’s degree in American Politics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining SCPC, Duncan was the New Hampshire State Director for Protect Internet Freedom. He has also worked with Americans For Prosperity Foundation-New Hampshire as a policy analyst, where he wrote and published white papers on tax policy and labor issues. His work was an important part in leading New Hampshire to cut business taxes for the first time in a generation, leading to a budget surplus.
Duncan is an avid musician and athlete and is a member of the Columbia Rowing Club.
Elisabeth Parker graduated in 2016 from USC with a B.A. in political science. She has been active in both national and state politics, working as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives and interning for Congressman Tom Rice and Speaker John Boehner. After a brief stint in local SC campaigns, Elisabeth joined the policy team at the SC Policy Council, where she does policy analysis and research and contributes to The Nerve. Elisabeth grew up in Austria as the daughter of missionaries and currently lives in Columbia.
Lindsay Elliott – Project Manager
Lindsay Elliott joined the South Carolina Policy Council in October of 2008. She is responsible for coordinating all speaking requests, working with vendors, managing internal office affairs and maintaining the day-to-day schedule for the President. Prior to joining the Policy Council, Lindsay was a recruiting assistant in the private sector. She worked alongside account managers and recruiters as the link for all internal and external communications. She also coordinated company events and acted as the liaison to more than 100 consultants. Lindsay received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina in 2005.
Winky Zeberlein – Operations Director
Winky Zeberlein joined SC Policy Council August of 2008 and is the Director of Operations. Her responsibilities include accounting related matters, human resources and building maintenance. Prior to joining South Carolina Policy Council, Winky served in the public and private accounting sectors. Her experience includes accounting for non-profit organizations as well as auditing non-profit organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from Columbia College.