About JC & Associates

Communities which fail to develop and implement sound economic and political policies do not prosper.

Unfortunately, many underserved communities in our state and in this nation  have not adopted protective plans for preservation; they are vulnerable to  gentrification, social injustice, and financial instability as a result. 

We are here to help change this, and to assist communities with reaching their  full potential – one neighborhood at a time. 

The vision and mission of our company will be achieved through the clients we serve. We are working to create mitigation/community benefits agreements when communities are threatened by development and gentrification. We work to develop informed and effective elected officials. We are working to develop community owned affordable housing so that neighborhoods increase their capacity to sustain themselves. We are working to grow African- American tourism related businesses and cultural arts related organizations as another tool for sustainability. These are our objectives. A community we can all celebrate is our goal! 

Our Values

JC & Associates helps communities prepare for the future by developing and implementing effective strategies for sustainable development.

JC & Associates is a firm committed to  redesigning communities that are vibrant, modern, promising, and providing opportunities for sustainable growth and responsible development. Our multi- tiered approaches, understanding, expertise and experience of improving communities in need makes JC & Associates an…


Staying true to our company’s mission and core values.


Acknowledging the dignity of the individual.


Thoughtfulness. It is how we solve problems.


Courage in the face of adversity and change.

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Our Clients Are Changing the World!!!

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Work that Means More

With so much going on in the world today, there are people who wish they could do more to help. A recent Korn Ferry global survey shows that what employees really long for on the job is to do work that has purpose and meaning. Essentially, people want to do work that will make a difference. Changing the world is impossible to do all by yourself, but as part of a JC & Associates, making an impact on the world is attainable.

Create Change for the Better

Achieve a sense of fulfilment by working on projects that produce affordable housing, and economic opportunities for underserved communities. Work on projects that tackle complex environmental justice issues.

Be part of a better vision

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Enjoy your career

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Create Work- Life Balance

Achieve work-life balance by instituting policies, procedures, actions, and expectations that enable them to pursue more balanced lives, such as flexible work schedules, and responsibly paced time and communication expectations.

Learn & Develop Skills

Achieve expertise in our specialty areas of operations such as marketing, organizing, policy development, public speaking, speech writing, fundraising, grant writing, and much more.

Future Success

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Our Team

Executive Team

Attract the Next Generation of Clients

Rashida Jeffers- Campbell, President

Rashida Jeffers- Campbell is an Urban Planner with 18 years of experience, and a Masters In Urban Planning from Clemson University. She developed a SWAT for Neighborhood Housing Corporation CHODO, and a community master plan for the Poe Mill Community in Greenville, SC that has been adopted by the local redevelopment authority. Rashida also conducts environmental assessments for clients such as the City of Spartanburg’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Rashida worked formerly as a Senior Community Planner for the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, and served as a liaison between the Agency and CDBG eligible neighborhood organizations throughout Greenville County. In 2013, she conducted a SWAT analysis and community survey for the Rosemont Neighborhood Association in Charleston, SC in relation to the SCDOT Mitigation Agreement. Mrs. Jeffers- Campbell currently works as the Subdivision Administrator for Greenville County. She is a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville 2014 Class.

Paul Merlo, Chief Of Staff

Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. 40 years experience in long term care, mostly in the public and faith-based not for profit sectors as an administrator and executive director. A lifelong Democratic Party activist, at 15, volunteered on first campaign as volunteer coordinator for a candidate for state senate. Managed first campaign at 16, a candidate for state representative and then accepted progressively more responsibility from the local Party. Remained active in Democratic politics ever since. Among many roles, was on the Board of Directors for Western Pa for Kerry, and a canvass director in Allegheny County for President Obama’s reelection in 2012. Since moving to Greenville, worked on local campaigns, served as an organizer on two Democratic Presidential campaigns, served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the GCDP, Co-coordinator of the Precinct Development Committee and currently the Greenville County Democratic Party Executive Committeeman.

Akayla Sellers, Lowcountry Project Manager

Akayla Sellers is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston with a double degree in public Health and Political Science. She now serves as a political consultant and activist Lou9who works to provide community economic development, planning, public health safety and political services to community based organizations, small businesses, government agencies, and political campaigns serving rural and urban communities. Akayla has established strong relationships through her work on the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign as a State College Outreach Coordinator. Akayla has served as the political director for the re-election of State Representative Wendell Gilliard for District 111 where he secured a victory. During the 2020 Election cycle she managed a JC & Associates’ special project for the State Democratic party organizing dozens of College students to canvas and door knock for Rep. Krystle Simmons and Rep JA Moore. Akayla is also the coordinator for the Annual African- American Tourism Conference held at the College of Charleston in Downtown Charleston.

Kwadjo Campbell, CEO

Kwadjo Campbell is an Economic & Political Development consultant with over 20 years of experience in community organizing, and public policy issues affecting under- served communities. He has advised community organizations and businesses in the Charleston region in regards to Federal Mitigation Agreements relating to transportation, and port expansion projects. He is also public policy advisor on community and economic development issues to public agencies and state and local elected officials representing the Charleston and Greenville regions. Kwadjo served as the South Carolina State Director for the Bernie 2020 Presidential campaign, and Upstate Political Director for the Jaime Harrison Campaign 2020. He served 8 Years on Charleston City Council, and also served in Desert Storm as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston, and a Masters in Education at Clemson University.

Emma Jameson, Digital Director

Emma Jameson studied Political Science and History at Converse College, getting her first taste of campaigns when she was a fellow with Kamala Harris Presidential campaign. Following the end of the fellowship, she stayed on as a volunteer, logging countless hours phone-banking, coordinating events and meeting voters one on one to discuss issues important to them. Emma has volunteered and interned with other campaigns.

While Emma embraces all of the Democratic Party Platforms, she is especially passionate on the subject of disability rights. A pediatric stroke survivor, she has been a lifelong volunteer and advocate for organizations and individuals impacted by disability. Emma is looking forward to a brighter future for all South Carolinians and is committed to the election of candidates who actively seek out the voices of all their constituents.

Renee McDaniel, Lowcountry Communications Director

Renee is a native of Charleston, SC and has a twin sister. She attended The Charleston County School of the Arts where she played the viola in the orchestra, and was a member of the Charleston Youth Symphony. Renee graduated from Trident Technical technical college with an associates in arts, Bachelor of Science in business from Limestone College, and a MBA from Webster university. Renee has over 15 years of events and communications experience. Shr also works in the tech field in Charlotte NC. Renee has served as Communications director of JC Associates’ Lowcountry Office. She handles communications for the African- American Tourism Conference, and our clients in the Lowcountry of SC.

Terence S. Bainel, Vice President

Mr. Baine is a graduate of Ramapo State College of New Jersey 1987, with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Metropolitan Studies. Mr. Baine has over thirty years of political organizing experience in local, state, and national political campaigns. He has served in numerous roles as a political operative, performing opposition research, campaign reporting compliance, fund raising, communication, field director, campaign manager, deputy director of political operations and consulting services to political and community organizing efforts. He is a New Jersey Government Affairs Agent, 15 years as a Member of the Newark, NJ Zoning Board of Adjustment, Board of Education Member, Democratic District Leader, Young Democrat Chairman Central Ward, Member Newark Board of Education, and Member of the American Legion Post 152. Terence is CEO of T S Baine Political Strategies, LLC and founded the empowerment group Organize a 527 social issues advocacy company. Terence is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has worked as a Social Worker in the New Jersey State Prison system, Affirmative Action Specialist, Child Protective Care Investigator, and Affirmative Action Investigator. Mr. Baine has one daughter Tiffanie, is the proud Grandfather of 3 year old Sloane.

Stacey Mars, Upstate Project Manager

Stacey Mars was born and brought up in Piedmont, SC. She obtained a degree in Business Management from Erskine College in 2005, and followed that up with a Masters of Business Administration in 2013. In 2019, Stacey volunteered on Vice President Harris’ presidential primary campaign, as a Phone Bank Captain, leading volunteers in educating people on the then-Senator’s policies and issues. Stacey became involved with the Greenville County Democratic Party and served as the Volunteer Coordinator from January, 2020 – May, 2021. As Volunteer Coordinator, she assisted people who were looking to get involved with the Democratic Party in finding where their talents could be best utilized. Stacey directed volunteers on multiple campaigns, such as those of Jaime Harrison for US Senate, Samantha Wallace for Greenville County Council, and Amanda McDougald Scott for County Council as well. In that time, she also served as Community Organizer for Blue Dot SC Strategies. As Community Organizer, she worked to execute efficient and effective field plans that involved training volunteers to phone bank, text bank, and literature drop. More recently, Stacey has also become elected Greenville County Democratic Black Caucus Black Agenda Education Chair, and graduated from the Emerge SC Class of 2021. Stacey now works for JC & Associates as Political Upstate Project Manager. In this role, Stacey works to develop field plans, coordinate communications, build social media strategies, and execute events that excite and engage volunteers.