Karl Frisch

Karl Frisch

Providence District Representative
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Welcome from School Board Member Karl Frisch

A special welcome message from Karl Frisch, the new Providence District Representative on the Fairfax County School Board.

 

 

About Karl Frisch

Karl Frisch (he/him/his) was elected to the Fairfax County School Board in 2019, ultimately garnering more votes than any candidate for that office in Providence District's history and becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected to local office in Virginia's largest county.

Before joining the School Board, Karl earned a national reputation as a skilled communicator and effective public policy advocate in our nation's capital on a host of issues ranging from consumer financial protection, land conservation, and immigration reform to student lending, voting rights, and government corruption.

A former small business owner, Karl put his communications expertise to work for technology companies, non-profit clients, and leaders around the country, refining their public relations and marketing strategies and helping them break through an increasingly competitive and cluttered media environment.

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 members of Congress, some of whom later resigned or faced criminal charges stemming from their ethical transgressions.

On the School Board, Karl has fought to keep students and staff safe and healthy, increase teacher and staff pay, expand access to advanced academics and other opportunities, teach accurate history, bring additional resources to local schools, and center equity and inclusion in all decisions.

Additionally, he has been at the forefront of efforts to eliminate literacy gaps, protect transgender students, creatively address school overcrowding, keep immigrant families together, rename schools that honored the Confederacy, confront the climate crisis, and allow collective bargaining.

Karl is the School Board's state legislative liaison and chair of its Public Engagement Committee (PEC). He is also a member and the immediate past chair of the Governance Committee, the Board's chief policy-making body. In addition, throughout his tenure, Karl has served as one of the Board's two representatives on the Joint Environmental Task Force (JET), which works with the Board of Supervisors and community partners to address climate and sustainability issues.

An avid traveler and Washington Nationals fan, Karl lives in Tysons with his partner Evan, a product of Fairfax County Public Schools and a teacher in the system for more than 15 years. They are the proud dog-dads of Dexter, an energetic eleven-year-old Wheaten Terrier mix.

 

 

About Providence District

Providence District is one of Fairfax County's nine magisterial districts. The district comprises many vibrant neighborhoods, including Tysons, Dunn Loring, Idylwood, Merrifield, Mantua, Oakton, Penderbrook, and parts of Fairfax, Falls Church, and Vienna.

Each magisterial district elects a representative to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board. With a population of more than 143,000, Providence District residents attend ten high schools, nine middle schools, and 31 elementary schools.

map of Providence magisterial district

A printable version of this map is available (PDF). 

The economic engine of Fairfax County, the district is home to Tysons, a thriving urban community that blends livability, entrepreneurial opportunity, and retail offerings. It also includes Mosaic District, a curated mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment experiences, and homes.

Providence district is richly diverse. Over half of its residents identify with a race or ethnic group other than white: Asian Pacific Islander (25.16%), Hispanic/Latino (14.02%), Black (6.34%), and other (5.15%). Additionally, nearly 45% speak a language other than English at home.

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