Founder and CEO
Krysta Jones has almost 20 years of government relations and political experience in the DC Metro area. Krysta has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a registered lobbyist for two major associations. She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Political Management, Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership and Leadership Arlington. Krysta has served on numerous boards and commissions for civic and professional organizations and is currently the National Director of Social Action for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the Governor’s Commemorative Commission Honoring the Contributions of the Women of Virginia. She was featured in the May 2014 issue of Ebony magazine and named a Leadership Arlington “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2014.
Donald E. Scoggins
Founder, Frederick Douglass Republican Forum
Don was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While serving his country in the military, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service as Housing Advisor to the City of Danang in South Vietnam. After completing active military duty in 1972, Don began his quite diverse professional career working six years in Washington, DC for the Government as an urban planner, housing official and community organizer.
In 1992, after twenty years of GOP activity in the District, Don with his family moved to Northern Virginia becoming politically active there too, first as a precinct captain, culminating with his election as chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee’s Springfield District. He now serves on the Party’s executive committee in Prince William County, and secretary for the 11th Congressional District GOP Committee.
Deeply committed to expanding the Republican Party, especially within the black community, Don was instrumental in establishing the Frederick Douglass Republican Forum, a multi-racial group of Virginians dedicated to increasing party membership. He was elected president of Republicans for Black Empowerment, a national grassroots organization in 2006.
Civic and fraternal activities include serving as trustee of the 1906 congressionally charted, Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association; Prince William County’s Committee of 100; and, membership in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
An architectural engineering graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Don also received a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh.
Former City Councilwoman, New Orleans, LA
Nadine M. Ramsey attended Newcomb College where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. After earning her bachelor's, Councilmember Ramsey attended Cornell University Law School where she won the American Jurisprudence Prize for Constitutional Law and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane University Law School. From there she launched a career rooted in public advocacy and service.
Councilmember Ramsey served as Judge for Orleans Parish Civil District Court from 1997-2009. She was elected by her colleagues Chief Judge in 2007 and 2008. Before being elected Judge, she ran her own law firm for nine years gaining a wealth of knowledge in small business operations and learning the importance of small businesses to New Orleans. Ramsey is a member and has held membership in a number of organizations including: American Bar Association, The Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Judges Association, the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Metropolitan Area Committee Leadership Forum, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and the New Orleans Chapter of the Links. Councilmember Ramsey is a mediator and arbitrator for Mediation Arbitration Professional Systems (M.A.P.S.) since 2010.
Councilmember Ramsey currently sits on the following boards: Canal Street Development Corporation, Greater New Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, French Market Corporation (Finance Committee) and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
As a councilmember, Ramsey is dedicated to making this great City of New Orleans a better place to live for all its citizens by focusing on youth empowerment through education and workforce development as well as economic development, blight reduction and infrastructure enhancement.