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


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.


Kelly Brady – Policy Analyst

Kelly Brady began working as an intern for the South Carolina Policy Council in 2018, and is now a full-time staff member. He studied at the University of South Carolina, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Before his tenure at the policy council, Kelly worked on a federal Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, and later completed a research internship with the Charles Koch Institute.


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.


Rick Brundrett – Editor at The Nerve

Rick Brundrett helped launch The Nerve in January 2010 after spending nearly a dozen years covering South Carolina’s court system for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He also has worked as an investigative reporter for The Greenville News in Greenville, S.C., and as the projects editor for the The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette newspapers near Hilton Head Island, S.C. In addition, he was a longtime S.C. consultant for the former Court TV cable television program. Rick is a summa cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University and spent the first dozen years of his career working mainly as a police reporter for The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph Township, Mich., where he grew up.

Rick has won numerous reporting and writing awards over the years in Michigan and South Carolina, including while with The Nerve. If you have a news tip, feel free to contact him at 803-394-8273 or