The Story of Jobs-First.org
Jobs-First.org began as a result of my desire to create a grassroots movement around a unifying and aspirational economic message for the 2018 midterms and beyond. My name is Ricardo Coleman and I launched Jobs-First.org after my mounting frustration as a grassroots activist and volunteer with my local political party. For years I spent untold hours organizing events, canvassing, and phone banking, while also becoming disillusioned by the lack of a clear economic message from the National Party.
One day I read a Politico article about the “Select Committee on Benghazi,” and someone commented about the need for Congress to focus on something that the American people really wanted, like a “Jobs Committee,” which helped inspire me to create Jobs-First.org.
I became involved with politics, advocacy, and public policy after nearly 15 years in intelligence, international affairs, and law enforcement. I am a third generation military veteran and served nine years in the U.S. Air Force. My first assignment was as a member of the U.S. Air Force Presidential Honor Guard where I performed thousands of funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, and Fort Meyers.
After the Honor Guard, I was selected as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As a Special Agent I conducted criminal investigations, counterintelligence operations, executive protection missions, and was the liaison to the U.S. Secret Service, Presidential Protective Division Presidential Protective Division during Presidential arrivals at Andrews Air Force Base.
After separated from the military, I worked as a contractor in various counterintelligence and counterterrorism roles within the Intelligence Community, before my current position as a federal employee.
As an enlisted member in U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, I was able to complete my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College in Computer Studies and a Master of Arts in Middle East and National Security Studies from Georgetown University. After leaving the Air Force I obtained another Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University, and recently finished a Graduate Certificate in Political Management from the George Washington School of Political Management.