Ralph Forsht (Former Staff) Senior Vice President
Ralph Forsht oversees the internal operations of First Focus and works closely with the First Focus team in the areas of federal budget and federal family tax policies. Forsht joined First Focus in 2006 and is responsible for leading the federal family tax policy work of First Focus, to include the defense and expansion of the important Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) provisions, which combined annually help more than 50 million American families. Forsht also oversees all internal budget planning and reporting.
Forsht previously worked at America’s Promise and served previously as its Vice President, Federal and State Government Relations, where he and his colleagues worked to secure federal, state and local government funds to support both America’s Promise and their community and statewide promise partners. In this capacity, Forsht also led the effort to launch relationships with 10 bipartisan governors.
Previously, Forsht served as Director of Legislative Affairs at The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), an organization dedicated to protecting the benefits of retired enlisted military personnel. He also started and lead TREA’s Political Action Committee. Prior to joining TREA, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Air Force Association. Forsht began his career on Capitol Hill as a Senate Budget Committee staffer for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM).
Forsht holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Tech. He lives in Potomac Falls, VA with his wife and three boys.