Karl Frisch (he/him/his) has earned a national reputation as a skilled communicator and effective public policy advocate for consumers and student loan borrowers in our nation’s capital. He most recently served as executive director of Allied Progress, a consumer watchdog that holds policymakers and predatory financial interests accountable.
A former small business owner, Frisch helped clients like the National Education Association, Rock the Vote, technology companies, and others refine their public relations and marketing strategies to more effectively break through and carry their messages to the public.
Frisch 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 and ethics abuses by members of Congress, some of whom later resigned or faced criminal charges.
Here at home, Frisch fought to increase local funding for our schools and joined local educators as they lobbied, marched, and rallied in Richmond for better pay and resources. He also represented Providence District on the school bond committee, which successfully secured $360 million to enhance, renovate, and build new schools.
In 2019, Frisch was elected to represent Providence District on the Fairfax County School board, ultimately garnering more votes than any candidate for school board in Providence District history. He is also the first openly LGBTQ+ local elected official in Fairfax County.
On the School Board, Frisch will prioritize investing in student success and safety, inspiring future careers, promoting environmental sustainability, advancing equity and inclusion, providing responsible fiscal stewardship, maintaining high academic standards, and supporting teachers and staff with better pay and resources.
Frisch begins his School Board tenure as chair of one of its five standing committees – Governance. He is also one of the Board’s two representatives on the Joint Environmental Task Force (JET), which works with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and community partners to proactively address climate change and environmental sustainability. Additionally, Frisch is the School Board liaison to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and the Community Criminal Justice Board.
An avid traveler and photographer, Frisch lives near Fairfax Circle with his partner Evan, a product of Fairfax County Public Schools and a teacher in the system for nearly 15 years.
Current term expires 12/31/23
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Cheryl Austin, Executive Administrative Assistant