Karina Lipsman is the Director of Government Relations for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and leads VOC’s engagement with U.S. federal and state policymakers, embassies, and advocacy initiatives with human rights allies and captive nations constituencies.
Born in Odesa, Ukraine, Karina was the only Ukrainian refugee immigrant in the country to run for Congress in the 2022 election. She has a 14-year background in the defense and intelligence industry and is highly respected as an advocate and spokesperson for this field by political pundits, media, business leaders, and elected officials.
Karina currently serves on the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council and Virginia Conservative Women’s Coalition Advisory Board. She is also a visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and her expert commentary has been featured on Fox News, Washington Times, Daily Caller, RealClearPolicy, Washington Examiner, and more. Most recently Karina was the Corporate Strategy Development lead at Peraton, and prior to that served as a Senior Strategist at Northrop Grumman. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Towson University.