Meet Karl

Karl Frisch is an accomplished public policy advocate, elected school board member, and non-profit executive with a record of taking on the hard fights and winning.

Most recently, as executive director of consumer watchdog Allied Progress, Karl drove to Washington every morning to fight the Trump administration over its betrayal of struggling Americans targeted by predatory payday lenders, unscrupulous student loan processors, and other financial scammers.

Earlier in his career, as a senior fellow at Media Matters for America during the Obama administration, Karl developed an early framework for the non-profit organization’s efforts to hold Fox News accountable for perpetuating misinformation and baselessly attacking progressive leaders and priorities.

Karl previously served as staff for the Committee on Rules in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was instrumental in helping to expose a pattern of corruption by Republican members of Congress, some of whom later resigned or faced criminal charges stemming from their ethical transgressions.

In 2019, Karl was elected to represent Providence District on the Fairfax County School Board, ultimately garnering more votes than any candidate for that office in the district’s history and becoming the first openly LGBTQIA+ person elected to local office in Virginia’s largest county.

On the School Board, Karl has championed efforts to eliminate literacy gaps, teach accurate history, protect school libraries from censorship, expand access to advanced academics, encourage energy conservation, rename schools that honored the Confederacy, keep immigrant families together, protect LGBTQ students, and creatively address overcrowding.

In the House of Delegates, Karl will bring the same fighting spirit to bear for all Virginians, working to protect our world-class public schools, defend abortion access and reproductive freedom, build an economy that works for everyone, prevent gun violence, take bold climate action, and preserve our democracy.

The son of a waitress and union cop, Karl and his three sisters grew up in a middle-class home in Los Angeles. He moved to the national capital region in 2004 and now lives in Tysons with his partner Evan, a long-time teacher in local public schools. They are the proud dog-dads of Dexter, an energetic twelve-year-old Wheaten Terrier mix.

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