She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor"s degree with honors, and from Keller Graduate School of Management with Masters of Business Administration.
Before moving to Washington, District of Columbia, Ralston was an office administrator for M&J Wilkow, Limited., a commercial real estate firm in Chicago, Illinois. In Washington, she worked for Jack Abramoff, at the legal and lobbying firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, Limited Liability Partnership. In 2001, when Abramoff left Preston Gates to work at Greenberg Traurig, she also changed firms, continuing to work for Abramoff, with the title of Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs. White House
Ralston was hired in 2001 as the most senior assistant to Karl Rove.
She was responsible for managing the activities that comprised the Office of the Senior Advisor, including the development of policy, strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House.
She was also responsible for the development and production of presidential and major surrogate events. Investigations and questioning
On July 29, 2005, Ralston testified before federal grand jury prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, investigating whether government officials illegally disclosed the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Wilson.
Matthew Cooper made a call sometime in July 2003 to Karl Rove but there were no records of the call. Ralston claimed there were no records because they had transferred his call.
On January 3, 2006, Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and related charges, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a corruption probe in Washington.
In September 2006, the House Government Reform Committee released a report on Abramoff"s dealings with the White House. Ralston resigned on October 6, 2006, after it became known that she had accepted gifts and passed information to Abramoff. In May 2007, Ralston sought immunity before testifying in front of Representative Henry Waxman"s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
She was deposed in private before asking for immunity.
As a Filipino-American, Ralston was a member of the Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines in June 2004.She took part in a bi-partisan exchange to Vietnam in August 2003 that was organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
Married Troy Alan Ralston.