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Phil Ford (he/him) started The Ford & Ford Group in an effort to help move South Carolina to be a more just and equitable state.
Phil currently serves as the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, where he successfully implemented issue campaigns, fundraising efforts, and trained hundreds of advocates across South Carolina.
Phil was the grant writer for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties, where he successfully wrote and implemented grants. With more than 18 years of experience in politics, nonprofit consulting and community organization, Phillip believes in a grassroots approach to making change happen.
He currently serves on 3 nonprofit boards (Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, the Tri-County Health Network, and the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic) and chairs the Live Healthy SC Advocacy Committee.
Sarah A. Ford
Sarah A. Ford (she/her) has served as Legal Director at the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network since 2017 where she leads a team of attorneys and advocates to provide direct legal services to South Carolina crime victims.
A life-long South Carolinian, Sarah attended Columbia College where she was Class President, graduating in 2004, with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Following graduation, Sarah taught with Teach for America in Charlotte, North Carolina before beginning law school.
Sarah graduated from Charleston School of Law in December 2007, where she was a member of Moot Court Board and President of Women in Law. She is a former prosecutor with a focus on crimes against women and children.
Sarah routinely lectures on victims’ rights issues, including Using Technology to Serve Crime Victims, Victims’ Rights Enforcement, and Navigating the Criminal Process.
Sarah is also involved in a number of community projects and organizations, including serving as President of Junior Service League of Orangeburg and Catch the Vision International, where she serves on the Haiti mission team.
Emily Mayer (she/her) has joined The Ford and Ford Group in the role of Senior Manager. Emily is a former teacher, mainly working in the Special Education setting, and holds a master’s degree in education policy. Emily has served in a wide variety of volunteer roles within the community and has been an outspoken advocate on a range of issues.
Emily’s role with The Ford and Ford Group is to assist with legislative strategy, community outreach, day-to-day operations, and more. Her knowledge of the inner workings of the legislative process, her community involvement, and her experience in advocacy sets her up to be the perfect candidate for this role.
In addition to her advocacy, Emily spent the 2022 election cycle working full-time on the Lisa Ellis for State Superintendent campaign, highlighting her background in education policy, and her passion for improving our public schools for all children in the state. Emily lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband, Phil, their daughters, Charlotte and Eliana, and their dog, Cameron.
Lauren Everett (they/them) is 2020 graduate of Claflin University with a B.A. in Political Science. They began their political journey in St. Louis, MO, where they were born and raised.
They were a Teen Advocate for Sexual Health and engaged in a number of other community projects through the Youth On The Rise program between 2014 and 2016. They moved to South Carolina in Fall 2016 to attend Claflin.
Lauren’s campaign experience started in Orangeburg as a volunteer on the Hillary Clinton Campaign. They continued to be an active community member throughout their college career by volunteering on local campaigns, and interning with Emerge South Carolina and Eat Smart Move More SC. Lauren is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.