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Krysta Jones has 15 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. Virginia Leadership Institute was created in 2006 with the specific goal of increasing the number of Black elected officials to 500 by 2026. Since that time they have trained close to 250 people and expanded their mission to include increasing the number Black appointed officials and the number enrolled in leadership development programs. VLI has conducted a number of programs and events into their agenda with the goal of diversifying the voices at the political table, resulting in better public policy for us all. Krysta 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.