Executive Director of Allied ProgressOver nearly two decades, Karl Frisch has earned a national reputation as a creative and effective strategist known for his skilled development and execution of both issue advocacy and electoral communications campaigns. His uniquely witty and incisive political commentary is regularly featured on talk radio, cable news, and in newspapers around the country.
Karl landed his first political job during his freshman year of college working first for Republicans at the local level and later the national stage. But after working on John McCain’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000 he came out of two closets at once: as a gay man and as a progressive.
Since then Karl has worked for a host of Democratic candidates, party committees, and progressive advocacy organizations on the local, state, and national levels. He has helped elect mayors, state legislators, members of congress, governors, and senators. He has crafted communications strategy for Democratic leaders in Congress and national organizations like Media Matters for America, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Today he serves as executive director of Allied Progress, a consumer watchdog organization that uses hard-hitting research and creative campaigns to hold Wall Street and other special interests accountable as well as their allies in Congress and the White House.
A Californian by birth and a longtime Washington, D.C., resident, Karl currently lives with his boyfriend Evan and their dog Dexter in the Virginia suburbs of our nation’s capital.