In 2006 Krysta Jones started Virginia Leadership Institute/Vote Lead Impact (VLI) after writing her Master’s thesis on the lack of Black congresspeople in Virginia. Since Reconstruction, Virginia had sent only one Black person to Congress, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), who represents the 3rd congressional district.
Ms. Jones concluded that in order to increase the number of Black elected officials a number of steps had to be taken. Training and mentoring opportunities for Black Virginians interested in politics, and providing information through a network of organizations in the Black community that focus on political empowerment, was essential.
Since 2006 VLI has trained close to 350 people and expanded the mission to include increasing the number Black appointed officials and the number enrolled in leadership development programs.
Are you looking to make sense of how‑to make a difference in our ever‑changing and complicated world? In this guide, I share almost two decades of community and political leadership experience to help you earn "your seat at the table"!