Jonathan Lucas

Jonathan Lucas, J.D., is the Principal of the Summit Consulting Group, LLC.

Lucas has extensive experience in the political, policy development, fundraising and corporate sectors.  He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in Political Science.  Lucas subsequently completed his Juris Doctorate at North Carolina Central School of Law.  While there, he obtained a specialized certification in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law.  Having worked in the political arena since his father ran for Mayor of Selma, Lucas has worked with, advised and fundraised for many political campaigns including Presidential candidates John Edwards, John Kerry and Barack Obama; Governors Bev Perdue and Mike Easley; Congressmen Brad Miller, David Price, G.K. Butterfield and Bob Etheridge; Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Justice Cheri Beasley and State Auditor Beth Wood.  Additionally, Lucas has worked with advocacy groups such as Environment NC.  In 2008, he served then State Senator Kay Hagan in both the field and political arenas helping elect her to the U.S. Senate.  Lucas also served as the Senior Political Director at the North Carolina Democratic Party.  In this capacity, Lucas worked in conjunction with the Anthony Foxx campaign, to defeat John Lassiter in 2009.  In his work with Business Forward, a DC-based non-partisan business trade association, Lucas has convened over 50 events in NC and across the country with top CEOs and Executives of the country’s largest companies.  Currently, Lucas is consulting on congressional and state level campaigns, consulting for businesses and non-profits, continuing his policy and political work with Business Forward, and fundraising for organizations and campaigns.

In addition to working, Lucas spends most of his time saltwater fishing here in North Carolina and across the globe. Instilled in him by his father, fishing is his passion.  Lucas also plays music regularly — sometimes appearing at a hole in the wall bar in Chapel Hill singing for some patrons.  Finally, Lucas is deeply passionate about policy.  Reading and studying policy voraciously, his goal in life is to effectuate real policy solutions here in North Carolina, as well as nationally.

Lucas may be reached at or at 919-215-7866.






Matthew Phillippi

Matthew Phillippi is the Senior Account Executive of the Summit Consulting Group, LLC.

A graduate of Guilford College with a degree in Political Science, Matt has taken his alma mater’s social mission to heart – working for causes and candidates that make North Carolina a better place.  During his political career Matt has worked for campaigns and candidates including Congressman Brad Miller, Senator Kay Hagan, State Representatives Pricey Harrison and Darren Jackson. Continuing his effort to improve North Carolina, Matt has worked with advocacy organizations ranging from SEANC, to Equality NC and Human Rights Campaign. Matt previously worked for Thomas Mills at Bates and Mills Communications before joining the team at Summit.  Specializing in the Political, Field Operations and Communications/Message Development, Matt brings a range of expertise to all of Summit’s efforts.

Matt is the proud father of a smart, beautiful daughter, Lilly.  In his spare time, Matt shoots a mean game of pool and plays trivia with friends regularly.  He also enjoys writing and blogged regularly at last year.  Matt looks forward to continue his blogging at Summit’s new political blog.