When the National Black Professional Lobbyists Association was formed in the fall of 2019, the founders had no idea what 2020 had in store for the nation with COVID-19 and the urgent push for social and racial equity. They simply recognized that Black lobbyists were too often passed over for opportunities to grow and develop within the government affairs profession. Together, our three dynamic founders committed themselves to building a national pipeline to cultivate and highlight African-American talent within the lobbying arena, and to developing a mechanism by which Corporate America could help grow the scale of Black lobbyists and Black-owned government affairs firms across the country.


Gregory Jones
is President and CEO of The Jones Group, one of the southeast’s premier strategic consulting firms. With over 25 years of leadership experience in government affairs, business development, and political advocacy, Mr. Jones and his team have served top business and political professionals locally, nationally and internationally. He launched The Jones Group in 2005 and has built a rolodex of "Who's Who" among Alabama's top business leaders, elected officials, and agency heads, who rely on him for his keen business sense and political acumen.


Yolanda Cash Jackson 
is an experienced Government Law attorney with Becker & Poliakoff who has established a national reputation for her leadership and commitment to civic, charitable and professional organizations. She concentrates her practice in the area of Governmental Relations and has developed a proficiency in state government funding and appropriations. Ms. Jackson has excellent working relationships with many of Florida's leading elected officials and policymakers. She was elected to Becker’s Management Committee in 2010.


John A. Heath serves as the Senior Manager of Government Relations and External Affairs at Turo. He previously was Director of Government and External Affairs for the Rock Family of Companies at the state level for the Western US. He has an extensive background in government affairs, having held senior positions in both the executive and legislative branches of the State of Maryland. He also held a leadership role with the California Community Action Partnership Association. Mr. Heath has served as a minister in the African-American church for 29 years.


David Dix is the Co-Founder and CEO of Luminous Strategies. He is a nationally-recognized advocate, strategist, political commentator, and social entrepreneur. His successes span three decades, and he continues to build solid foundations for political and public advocacy while forging broad and meaningful relationships with government, corporate, and community leaders. He passionately supports his clients, providing laser-focused consulting and government relations for regional and international campaigns.


Terri Broussard Williams is an award-winning nonprofit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker. She is the Head of State and Government Relations at Edward Jones, the founder of the Movement Maker platform, and the best-selling author of Find Your Fire. For nearly 16 years, she called the American Heart Association home where she served as Vice President of Government Relations. Terri holds a master’s in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. As a LSU alum, Terri is proud to serve as the inaugural chair of the Louisiana State University Manship School- Reilly Center for Public Affairs Advisory Board.



Terri Sharpley Reynolds is an Alabama-based attorney and government affairs professional. With more than 15 years experience in government affairs and political campaigns, she has developed a network that includes elected officials at all levels of Alabama government. Ms. Reynolds is the Managing Partner of Levitate Legal & Consulting, LLC and previously served as Director of Public Affairs and Legislative Counsel to the statewide association representing county government leaders. She has managed political campaigns at all levels of government, most recently serving as the State Director for the Mike Bloomberg campaign.