Chairman: Tristan R. Breaux is a progressive leader with more than a decade of experience and knowledge of government relations, social and political campaigns and civil rights advocacy. With deep roots in political engagement and public policy in the areas of education and criminal justice reform, Tristan does not waver in the fight for a better future for all minorities and the disenfranchised.
As a proud native of Jamaica, New York, Tristan started his career as the Assistant to the Vice President of the Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 1056 in Queens. He has served as the Chief of Staff to Virginia Beach City Councilman Prescott Sherrod; as a Legislative Fellow within the Virginia State Senate; as Deputy Political Director for Tim Kaine for United States Senate; and as Community Affairs Liaison to the Norfolk (VA) Sheriff’s Office.
Tristan began his career on Capitol Hill in 2007, and has since served in the office of former United States Senator Kay Hagan (NC), former Congressman John Spratt and the House Budget Committee. Prior to joining the office of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as District Director, Tristan served as the congresswoman’s Event Coordinator/Caseworker where he managed a portfolio that included juvenile/criminal justice issues, drug/gang policy, healthcare and higher education. Under Norton, he also led — and continues to lead — the development of the Congressional Caucus and DC Commission on Black Men & Boys, coordinating hearings and town halls on issues impacting men of color.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science (B.A.) from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration (M.S.) from Liberty University. He also has graduate studies in Law (LL.M) from Regent University School of Law and a graduate certification in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Indiana University.
Tristan resides in Washington, DC. He continues to serve in a variety of community and civic engagement roles, including the Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School Board of Trustees, the Northern Virginia Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Foundation Board of Directors and 100 Fathers Incorporated Executive Committee. He also served as the 23rd and youngest elected President of the Norfolk (VA) Branch of the NAACP.