• St. Charles Borromeo
  • Edison High School
  • University of Minnesota Institute of Technology


  • Executive Assistant to U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone
  • Legal assistant at Popham Haik, a private Minneapolis law firm
  • Government Relations manager for MediaCom, a multiple-state communications company
  • Communications director, Hennepin County attorney’s office
  • Policy Aide to Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein

    Kari with Sen. Paul Wellstone


  • Catholic Eldercare Board of Directors
  • Friends of the Northeast Library, member
  • Volunteer for the Celebrate Northeast Parade
  • Volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Active in St. Anthony East NRP Implementation
  • Former Chair of the Minneapolis Charter Commission


  • Rode the bus to Washington with Paul Wellstone after 1990 historic campaign for the U.S. Senate
  • Communications director, Mike Freeman for Governor
  • Roger Moe for Governor
  • Elected to MN Senate in 2012