Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1964. She is a mother, wife, and is proud to have served in the United States Marines. She was also a hard-charging vice president of the Virginia State Board of Education, and she received presidential appointments to the U.S. Census Bureau, where she cochaired the African American Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In addition to earning a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regent University, Earle-Sears built a successful business as a trained electrician. She understands the importance of helping small businesses thrive but is most proud of her community work leading a men’s prison ministry and serving as director of a women’s homeless shelter for the Salvation Army.