Meet Karl


Karl Frisch has earned a national reputation as a creative and effective advocate for consumers and student loan borrowers, fighting to hold President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and others accountable as executive director of Allied Progress.

A resident of Providence’s Mosby precinct since 2015, Karl has been an active member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee where he has served on the steering committee, as a precinct captain, and organized an event that raised thousands of dollars to elect local Democratic candidates. He also helped organize public support for the Fairfax County School Board’s work protecting all students from the forces of bigotry and intolerance.

Now a candidate for the Fairfax County School Board himself, Karl will be a bold progressive voice for Providence District, fighting for equity, equality, environmental sustainability, and educational excellence for all students regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, income, or the zip code they call home. He is acutely aware of the needs of Fairfax County educators – his partner Evan Ayars has been an FCPS teacher for more than a dozen years.

Previously, Karl was a small business owner, providing public relations and marketing assistance to clients like Rock The Vote, National Education Association, and a variety of political causes and tech companies. Before that he served in various roles for a host of Democratic elected officials, candidates, party committees, and progressive issue advocacy organizations. He also helped expose political corruption as a staff member on the House Rules Committee in Congress.

An avid traveler, photographer, and history buff, Karl lives with his partner Evan and their Wheaten Terrier mix Dexter next door to Mosby Woods Elementary School.