Ruby Powell-Dennis is the Founder and Executive Director of Elect Black Women PAC. In addition to running for office herself in 2020, Ruby has served as campaign manager for a senatorial campaign and led candidate training and development as National Deputy Director of the Leaders of Color Initiative at Education Reform Now (ERN). Ruby has also held leadership roles in Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and The Achievement School District.
In addition to serving as chair for Tennessee AppointWomen in The Coalition for Women's Appointments, Ruby serves at Leadership Preparatory Charter School as board chair and as a member of the board of directors in the Junior League of Memphis.
Ruby is a graduate of The University of Florida, where she studied advertising, political science, and secondary education. Ruby is also an alumna of Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Memphis, where she received her master of arts in organizational communication and master's in business administration.
Ruby is married and has two children under 4.
You can follow Ruby’s leadership journey at @RPowellDennis on FB, IG and Twitter.
Matielyn Jones joins Elect Black Women PAC as Political Director with 15 years of broad professional experience in human learning and behavior, program development, relationship management, and organizational leadership.
She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social Foundations Education.
As a former social studies teacher and staff member for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Matielyn is passionate about empowering people to become involved in politics beyond voting. In 2020, Matielyn ran a formidable campaign for State Senate in Georgia, earning 44% of the vote in a traditionally conservative district as a first-time, Democratic candidate.
In recent years, she was selected as keynote speaker for St. Leo University’s celebration of International Women’s Day, served on the Instructional Review Committee for Gwinnett County Public Schools, completed Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, and served as Executive Board Secretary of the Gwinnett Federation of Democratic Women.
Matielyn currently serves as First Vice Chair of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. A native of New Orleans, Matielyn has a deep appreciation for the creative arts, diversity, and civic engagement. Matielyn has worked and lived North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio.
She currently lives in Buford, Georgia with her husband and their two handsome sons.
You can follow Matielyn’s leadership journey at @matielynjones on FB, IG, and Twitter.