Karina Cabrera Founder and CEO, Reach Mama Network & Founding Partner at OpenAccess
Karina is the Founder and CEO of the Reach Mama Network which connects moms of color to opportunity. She is also the host of the Reach Mama podcast which showcases high-powered moms of color.
A relentless champion for women and girls, Karina has over 15 years working at all levels of political campaigns and government. Most recently, she worked in the Obama White House as Director of Congressional Affairs and Director of Outreach and Recruitment. In these roles she maintained relationship with Congress and helped attract and retain diverse talent to join President Obama’s political team.
Karina also worked at the Department of Energy, as Senior Advisor, providing strategic advice to the Secretary of Energy on how to advance President Obama’s energy priorities with Governors and Mayors and advocacy organizations.
Karina honed her policy chops in the U.S. Senate as Senior Policy Advisor for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and for the New York City Comptroller's Office. Karina has also worked on numerous political campaigns including two presidential campaigns (Obama 08' and Kerry 04').
Karina serves as a volunteer of the Latino Foundation of Silicon Valley and as a member of the Latino for a Fair Judiciary. She has served on the boards of the DNC’s Women's Leadership Forum Network, Beginning with Children’s Foundation, Dominican Women’s Caucus and the Association of Hispanics in Arts, Inc.
She holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Policy from New School University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Business and Public Relations, from Mount St. Mary College. She is also a Coro alumni.
Karina resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.