JIM DUPLESSIS is a freelance writer for several publications, and formerly worked with The State, a McClatchy newspaper, The Greenville News. He currently serves as First Vice Chair of Richland County Democratic Party. He served for several years as Director of Information Technology and Research with the South Carolina Democratic Party, where he administered voter software, designed and led training programs, organized voters for elections and other projects and produced reports on voting trends and strategies.
AUSTIN H. JACKSON
AUSTIN H. JACKSON is the Secretary of the Young Democrats of South Carolina, elected in April 2016. Austin was previously our Communications Director, and served from September 2012 until May 2016. Austin graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.
He first got involved with then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 while a senior in high school. He was a member of the College Democrats at USC, where he was treasurer in his sophomore year and volunteered for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s campaign for Governor. Eventually, he helped resurrect the College Democrats of South Carolina and interned for the South Carolina Democratic Party in 2012. Recently he worked as a community organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign ahead of the South Carolina primary in 2016.
Austin works for The Kroger Co. as a produce associate. He was Richland County’s Alternate Committeeman from 2014 to 2016.
ERNEST L. BOSTON JR
ERNEST L. BOSTON JR. (left) served as State Field Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party’s 2016 Coordinated Campaign. Ernest, a Darlington native, graduated from Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology and received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History from Francis Marion University. This was his second consecutive South Carolina coordinated campaign, having served as a field organizer for the SCDP 2014 effort. During the 2016 election cycle, Ernest played a key role on the Bernie 2016 campaign, working as a Regional Field Director and then Deputy Field Director in South Carolina. He subsequently served in that capacity in Idaho, Alaska, and Maryland before returning to South Carolina to serve as campaign manager for Hyman for Congress in the 7th District
CATHERINE FLEMING BRUCE
CATHERINE FLEMING BRUCE, (far right) Principal at TNOVSA,LLC, focused on media, politics, preservation and global projects. She is an author, whose personal journey as a sustainer of civil and human rights legacy sites led to curiosity about others who fought for the survival of locations where critical events in civil and human rights movements had taken place. The author’s path: the home of South Carolina civil rights activist Mary Modjeska Monteith Simkins and the Visanska Starks House and Carriage House in Columbia, South Carolina. She has a long history of civil rights engagement, including Occupy Columbia, leadership positions in the South Carolina Democratic Party, including a founding officer of the SCDP Labor Progressive Caucus and State Alternate Executive Committeewoman representing Richland County; she runs several social media pages on governance and progressive thought. An alumna of Agnes Scott College, with a BA in English, Creative Writing and Art, Bruce received her Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, and pursued doctoral studies there in mass communication, philosophy and ethics, international relations and international law. She continues to engage in local civil rights, health and social justice work. She received the Key to the City of Columbia Mississippi in 2016 for her efforts to assist Columbia MS and Columbia SC during natural disasters experienced by both cities in 2014 and 2015.
DELAINE A. FRIERSON
DELAINE A. FRIERSON is the former Director of the Fair Housing Division of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC). Ms. Frierson earned a BS degree in history from Hampton Institute; an MA in U.S. History Since 1865 from Howard University; and an MBA in marketing from Atlanta University. Prior to working at the SCHAC, Ms. Frierson taught high school history. Other employment included serving as the Personnel Director at Claflin University and part-time history instructor at Midlands Technical College. She was also the Get Out the Vote Coordinator for the South Carolina Conference of Branches of the NAACP. Ms. Frierson is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina. Ms. Frierson has conducted housing and employment training locally and regionally, and she developed a training manual for new investigators at SCHAC. Having completed training as a housing civil rights professional through the National Fair Housing Training Academy, Ms. Frierson served as an instructor at the National Fair Housing Training Academy.
ALYCIA ALBERGOTTIE is a native of Columbia and grew up at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She is a graduate of Allen University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alycia served as South Carolina State Director of Hillary for America in 2016. She is passionate about being a change agent in her community and has worked on several political campaigns from national, statewide, regional and citywide races including the Obama campaign in 2012 and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s reelection campaign in 2013. She currently serves as the Chair of the Richland County Democratic Party and was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Alycia’s extensive political experience also includes: 2016 Young Democrats of the Central Midlands Member; 2015 Alternate Executive Committeewoman for the Richland County Democratic Party; 2014 Volunteer Vincent Sheheen for Governor Campaign; 2013 South Carolina Democratic Party Top 50 African American Trailblazer Award Recipient; 2013 Elizabeth Colbert Busch for Congress Regional Field Director; 2013 National Committeewoman for South Carolina for the National Young Democrats; 2013 Organizing for Action (OFA) South Carolina State Lead; 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) South Carolina State Lead; 2012 – 2016 South Carolina Young Democrats; 2011 Volunteer for Obama for America Campaign
Previously, Alycia worked as a Program Coordinator at the South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP), a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to help low-income people and families achieve economic stability and improve their lives. She currently is employed with Allen University, and previously served as 1st Vice Chair of the Richland County Democratic Party.
GARETH FENLEY (right) is a social worker and community organizer based in North Columbia. She is the founder of the action group Uptown Rising. Politically active since the 1970s, Gareth is a veteran of many grassroots movement efforts (including Occupy Columbia), nonprofits (including the S.C. Progressive Network), and campaigns (including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Vincent Sheheen, and Steve Benjamin). In response to the Orlando massacre in June 2016, Gareth organized a “Stop the Violence” Rally that convened more than 30 organizations, including the S.C. Democratic Party, to endorse the same 3-point platform in one week. Gareth and her partner Judy are joined in one of the first same-sex marriages recognized by the state of South Carolina.
BEVERLY FRIERSON is a Richland County Planning Commissioner, Chairperson of the Richland County Education Association – retired Legislative Committee and Executive Board member of the South Carolina Education Association – Retired. A seasoned writer, Frierson has with columnist experience with the SC Voice and Herald Independent in Blythewood, SC; the Prince George’s Journal in Maryland. She has served in leadership positions in the South Carolina Democratic Party, and attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a delegate. She has taught in the public schools, serving as President of the Sumter and Fairfield County Education Associations. She served as a Labor Relations specialist in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Frierson holds a BA in English from Clark College, and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.