Jost is Vice President of Chandler Management Corporation, a multifamily real estate company which has bought and managed more than 6,000 apartment units in 23 complexes in Virginia, Florida, and Texas. She is a lifelong advocate of economic freedom, personal liberty, individual rights, and limited government. She has held leadership positions in countless political campaigns and civic organizations including serving as a founding member of the Human Rights Commission in Arlington County, Virginia.

Jost received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1987.