Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, Karina is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 49th district. Karina is a passionate advocate for students and families, and she has a strong record of service to the community.
Karina earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. She became a school social worker and has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. Karina successfully navigates DuPage’s social service agencies (mental health, financial, medical, legal, and housing assistance) and provides a voice for those in need. She has been a proud union member of the Illinois Education Association. Karina strongly supports organized labor and will work to protect the interests of hard-working, middle class families.
Karina has strong family ties. She and her brother are children of immigrant parents who are small business owners in the community. The family grocery store was a place for people to get assistance, advice, and job referrals. Karina learned that social responsibility and hard work are integral to any undertaking.
Karina has served on the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education since 2013. She is currently the Vice President. Karina’s knowledge and leadership has led to improved programming in the schools including full-day kindergarten and dual-language programming. She worked with her board to maintain a balanced budget for the school district, while negotiating equitable teacher contracts and providing increased services to students.