Meet the Team
BACE League is a non-profit organization comprised of:
- A Board of Directors;
- A large supporting network of active residents including many local creative professionals and F&B professionals;
- An Advisory Group of local small businesses;
- Spokespersons/attorneys Elliott A. Smith (below, right) and Parker Hastings (left);
- Director of Development McKenzie Eddy (center).
Elliott A. Smith, Esq.
Elliott offers to BACE League a broad perspective regarding culture and civics through his extensive experience as an attorney, musician, and artist.
Having spent much of his childhood with family around Walterboro and Edisto Island, Elliott moved to Charleston after college in 2006 to live with his brother Madison. He worked as an illustrator and designer until 2009, when Smith threw himself a curveball and enrolled in law school. Although initially motivated by academic and intellectual pursuits, in school he thrived in oral advocacy and writing. He has now been practicing law since 2012, with experience including the Public Defender’s Office, legal staff for the Florida House of Representatives Criminal and Civil Justice Subcommittees, Charleston municipal law and policy, and criminal appeals. (SmithAndHastings.com)
Elliott works alongside friend and fellow attorney and BACE spokesperson Parker Hastings, and partner McKenzie Eddy, BACE's Director of Development and Event Coordinator. Elliott often writes and speaks publicly regarding local policy topics. He spoke as a panelist for Lowcountry Local First’s Good Business Summit, and served as the moderator for the first-ever Charleston F&B Mayoral Forum.
In his daily professional life, Elliott balances his interests in art, music, law, and activism, and works frequently with Eddy. The two spend a good deal of their time performing music, as well as organizing arts and community events like the Brave Baby Album Release & Voter Registration Rally, and the Hi Harmony Community Concert.
Director of Development, Events Coordinator
McKenzie Eddy is a South Carolina native who spent six years in NYC as a professional musician and President of Bluroc Records. The label was most touted for 2009's Blakroc album with the Black Keys, Mos Def, The RZA, and many more. Her music has been featured in major motion pictures such as "The Good Lie," starring Reese Witherspoon, and she has toured nationally and internationally with many of today's most well known hip hop and electronic artists (Curren$y, Stalley, MURS, The Disco Biscuits).
She moved to Charleston in 2012 and opened King Dusko on upper King Street – a music/art/coffee/beer haven where the patrons were as eclectic as the space. The space became a creative hub for some of Charleston's most notable up and coming original art and music. During Dusko's 3 year stint on upper King Street, she met Elliott A. Smith and the two began collaborating on a variety of creative projects.
McKenzie also sits on the Board of BACE. She and Smith frequently play music around town as a duo, but produce the larger act Very Hypnotic Soul Band which features emcee Benjamin Starr.
Parker Hastings, Esq.
Parker is an attorney and former felony prosecutor. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a nationally-published freelance journalist, radio DJ, award-winning BBQ cook, and dive-bar musician.
Parker’s background in journalism and law drive him to evaluate and encourage transparency in civic decision-making. In addition content production and legal research, Parker has headed BACE’s voter registration drives in an effort to encourage civic interaction within the creative community. Once, as a child, he held an alligator.
Parker and Elliott maintain an unabashedly modern legal practice, Smith & Hastings, which they currently operate out of their homes. Parker enjoys this business model because it allows him to wear sweatpants significantly more often than the average attorney. If you ask Parker to fax you something, he will make fun of you forever.
Parker will talk to almost anyone about almost anything. If you have questions for him, just ask.