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.

Resources by Ralph Forsht


The Child Tax Credit should be indexed

| January 8, 2016 |

Toward the end of 2015, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a new bill to modernize the child tax credit for low- and middle-income


114th Congress: Pro-Child, Pro-Family Tax Policy Agenda

| August 12, 2015 |

Many don’t realize that federal tax provisions make up the largest federal investment for families. In fact, 3 of the top 4 overall federal


Tax Reform: Why it matters for children and their families

| March 9, 2015 |

While most people tend to think about federal programs when discussing investments in children, federal family tax provisions are critical and impact almost every


Income Supports in the President’s 2016 Budget

| February 6, 2015 |

  On February 2, President Obama presented his budget request for fiscal year 2016 (FY16) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


EITC reform: Good for Children and their Families?

| March 5, 2014 |

Many leading elected officials, including President Barack Obama, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), and U.S.