July 2012

Lessie B. Price

Government and Community Leader

Having grown up on a farm in Barnwell County with 9 siblings, Lessie Price never dreamed she would run for political office or work for a Global International Fortune 500 Company. She is the first woman elected at-large to the Aiken City Council  –  a position she has held for 24 years and has also served as Mayor Pro-Tempore. She has worked to create affordable housing for families that has led to partnerships that built approximately 300 affordable homes, and supported job placement, scholarships and internships for students and families.

Price serves as Manager of Government Affairs for URS Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and global provider of engineering, construction and environmental management and technical services. She is responsible for providing public affairs assistance and building strategic relationships with government, academic, environmental and corporate stakeholders.

Price has served on the Lower Savannah Council of Government-Workforce Development Board, SC Commission on Higher Education Foundation, SC Tourism Board, News 6 Advisory Board, Past President of Aiken County Dollars for Scholars, SC Municipal Incorporation Board, Aiken Junior Invitational Golf Tournament Board, Augusta Chamber Women in Business Board, Environmental Management Advisory Board and Past President of the SC Municipal Association.

Some of her recognition includes: Allen University-Richard Allen Award, News 26-26 Women to Watch, Department of Energy Environmental Justice Award, Aiken Chamber Woman of the Year-and Outstanding Leadership Award, Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club Unsung Hero Award, Central Savannah River Council of Girl Scouts Woman of Excellence, USC-Aiken Woman of Distinction.

She was educated in Aiken County Schools, Allen University and USC-Aiken. She and her husband, William, are the parents of five sons and members of Friendship Baptist Church.