Karina Paredes-Arzola

State Network Manager

Karina Paredes-Arzola manages a network of state coalitions in the West, working to advance skills policies that support equity, career pathways, partnerships, job quality, immigrant integration, and investments that build an inclusive economy. She manages this network in collaboration with local coalition leads, NSC staff, and national partners. Karina collaborates with NSC staff to provide state coalitions with customized technical assistance to achieve meaningful policy impacts, including through advocacy, communications, and peer learning strategies. Karina joined NSC in February 2022, and she is based in San Francisco, California. 

Prior to joining NSC, Karina served as Program Manager at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance with more than 10,000 organizational members. In this role, she worked to build membership and engagement. Karina also brings a breadth of statewide and local coalition-building, community organizing, and experience working with labor and nonprofits to support economic justice, worker, and immigrant rights. She has also worked in legal rights positions and with policy makers.  

Karina holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Karina Paredes-Arzola