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Meet Karinda Harris, GSBA Business Development Manager

| Sep 03, 2020
karinda 2Karinda (She/her) is excited to join GSBA as a Business Development Manager, focused on the Capitol Hill Business Alliance while Christina Arrington takes a temporary leave to focus on her family. Initially introduced to GSBA during her time in the Mayor’s Office - then connected with GSBA, as a member, during her role as Seattle Community Manager with New Seasons Market - Karinda is looking forward to impacting ongoing efforts to support and strengthen the business and overarching community in Capitol Hill.

Karinda Harris is a proud lifelong Seattleite, having grown up in the Beacon Hill and Madrona neighborhoods. Led by these words and inspired by her grandparents, "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain," Karinda is committed to improving the lives of others and positively impacting community.

In 2007, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Howard University and earned her Master of Public Administration from Seattle University in 2012. During her graduate studies, she worked as the Betty J. Narver policy fellow for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and as a policy intern in the Director’s Office of Seattle Public Utilities. She’s also a graduate of the Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF), a six-month fellowship, focusing on public policy and emerging issues, the legislative and political process, campaigns and elections, and geographic issues around Washington state. Karinda recently worked in community relations and external affairs roles for New Seasons Market and the City of Seattle, Office of the Mayor. She is a connector, and her passion is the intersection of social capital, strategy, and social impact. She eventually sees herself returning to government in a role where she can truly use her voice and skills to make positive and impactful change.

Karinda is most proud of her community involvement. She is an active member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serves on the Board of Trustees for Neighborhood House, a member of the Policy Leadership Group at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers on the Advisory Council for Garfield Community Center. Most importantly, Karinda believes in giving back through mentorship and is an active mentor and connector for young ladies in her community. GSBA Members and Capitol Hill community members can reach Karinda here.