A relentless champion for women and girls, Karina is the Founder and CEO of the Reach Mama Network. This mama of two is also the host of the Reach Mama podcast, which showcases stories of successful moms of color. With 15+ years working at all levels of political campaigns and government, she has seen firsthand the benefits of having women and moms in leadership positions. Most recently, she worked in the Obama White House as Director of Congressional Affairs and Director of Outreach and Recruitment. In these roles, she helped attract and retain diverse talent to join President Obama’s political team, efforts that led to the most diverse federal workforce in history. As a part of this effort, she also designed and developed leadership programs for political staff to maximize performance and excel in their careers.

Karina honed her policy chops in the U.S. Senate as Senior Policy Advisor for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and for the City of New York. Karina has also worked on numerous campaigns including two presidential campaigns (Obama 08' and Kerry 04').  

Karina holds a M.S. in Public Policy from The New School University and a B. S. in Psychology with minors in Business and Public Relations from Mount Saint Mary College.  


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I feel so grateful that my family, especially my two daughters, were able to join me in the Oval Office for a picture with President Obama.