Ashley Landess, SC Policy Council President

E. Ashley Landess – President

E. Ashley Landess is President of the South Carolina Policy Council, a Columbia-based nonprofit research and educational institute promoting principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty and responsibility. Since Ashley’s appointment as president in 2008, SCPC has become a major force in South Carolina’s policy debates by relentlessly highlighting the lack of accountability in state government, “legal corruption” at the highest levels, and the dire need for greater freedom in South Carolina’s education and health care markets. Under Ashley’s leadership, the Policy Council in 2010 launched The Nerve, a news website focusing on government that has been widely credited with restoring investigative journalism to South Carolina’s news media.

Born in Spartanburg and an eighth-generation South Carolinian, Ashley has lived and worked in Dallas, Washington, DC, and Chicago. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism, and her twenty-year career in communications includes public policy work as well as consulting for private businesses and charitable organizations. 

Ashley’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and every top-tier newspaper in South Carolina. Her commentary has been featured in USA Today and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on Fox & FriendsThe Daily Show, National Public Radio, and on scores of network news channels and radio programs in South Carolina. 

Prior to assuming SCPC’s presidency she served as the organization’s Vice President for Public Affairs from 1998 to 2008. She has testified before numerous committees in the South Carolina General Assembly on topics ranging from tax policy and school choice to government transparency and ethics reform.

In an effort to bring accountability to the state’s then new Lottery Commission (created in 2001), Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Ashley to serve as a commissioner in 2003. Currently she is a member of the advisory board of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. 

Ashley lives in Columbia with her dogs Monroe and Clara.

AshleyL (at) scpolicycouncil (dot) org


Eric TilleyEric 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.


Hannah HillHannah Hill – Senior 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.


Bryce FiedlerBryce Fiedler – Policy Analyst

Bryce Fiedler is a native of Orlando, Florida where he attended the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2017. As a student, he got first-hand political experience while interning for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C., and later spent a semester working on local policy issues for a county commissioner in the Central Florida area. Bryce is now a full-time staff member for the Policy Council where he conducts research and policy analysis.


Lindsay ElliotLindsay 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 ZeberleinWinky 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.