Karissa Minnich MPA

Karissa is a Senior Operations Analyst in The Lab @ DC. She works on matters of Lab operation as well as the planning, coordination, and execution of a suite of projects. Karissa’s portfolio includes budget and fundraising, event programming, as well as partnership development within DC government and outside to the larger DC community. She leads the team’s Form-a-Palooza efforts to make government forms more citizen-centered and produces The Podcast @ DC, which puts cutting-edge research in conversation with the bureaucratic realities of government.

Karissa joined OCA from DC Greens, a local nonprofit that supports food education, food access, and food policy where she served as the Director of Operations. In this role, Karissa oversaw many functions, including the fundraising and budgeting process, onboarding and training of staff, the creation of the office Operations Manual, and the organization of meetings for the Board of Directors and stakeholders. She also produced three annual reports, managed the company website, and maintained a Salesforce database of partnership and project information.

Karissa earned a B.A. in sociology and political science from Muhlenberg College and a Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, yoga, and exploring her Ward 1 neighborhood with her husband, Nick.

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