Stuart Karaffa

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Stuart Karaffa

Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations at the US Department of State. He is a member of Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, the Metro DC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

According to Stuart Karaffa's twitter account, he is an " advocate for equitable urban policy" and on his personal website, he reveals that he is "running to be an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for Single Member District 1D05 in Mount Pleasant, Washington, D.C." as of Sept 18 2018.[1]

Stuart Karaffa was exposed as being in the "resistance" within the federal government by the actual journalists of Project Veritas on September 18 2018.[2]


Originally from just outside of Chicago, Illinois, Stuart Karaffa moved to D.C. in 2010 immediately after graduating with a degree in International Studies from the University of Illinois.

Stuart Karaffa's past experience includes workforce and real estate systems planning, interning at a U.S. Senator’s office, and working as an account manager at a small internet-based communications firm. He was also a Boren Scholar in Beijing, China from 2007 to 2008.

In 2017 Karaffa just completed a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.[3]

2019 exec candidates

A Candidate Forum was held 5 PM Saturday, May 11 at the Friends Meeting House. Nominations for all open positions were accepted until 8:00pm on May 12. Metro DC DSA’s election rules require each nominee to receive 5 nominations by chapter members in good standing (self-nominations count!) to qualify as a candidate.


The following candidates have received the requisite number of nominations and accepted their candidacy:

Steering Committee At-Large Candidates

G. Paul Blundell, Cassandra C, Benjamin Davis, Zachary Eldredge , Chip Gibbons, Elizabeth Golden, Stuart Karaffa, Irene Koo, Kim Lehmkuhl, Drew-Marie Lewis, Aaron Marks, Gabriel Rodriguez, Nate S, Eric Sommers, Danny Turkel, Brian Wivell.[4]

Exposed by Project Veritas

Undercover journalists of Project Veritas captured Stuart Karaffa admitting to being a part of the "resistance" against President Trump within the federal government.[5]

Move Virginia to the left

Stuart Karaffa congratulated[6] fellow Democratic Socialists of America comrade Khalid Kamau for winning South Fulton City Council race in Georgia: "Congrats @khalidCares! Welcome to that #electedlife. And YES let's move Virginia (and DC!) to the left!"

DSA Delegate

Stuart Karaffa's Twitter Profile Picture

In 2017, the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America Election Working Group finalized a 29-member convention delegate list. The list included Stuart Karaffa.

Metro DC DSA Public Facbook group

Members of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, public Facebook group, as of March 12, 2017 included Stuart Karaffa.[7]

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner

In 2017 Stuart Karaffa was running to be an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for Single Member District 1D05 in Mount Pleasant, Washington, D.C. I believe in ensuring that Mount Pleasant remains an inclusive, vibrant, and walkable community for all residents."

DC Neighborhood politics

In 2018, the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America focused their efforts on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission races. The 11 members they have running are: Caleb-Michael Files for single member district 1B02; Dan Orlaskey for 1B02; Stuart Karaffa for 1D05; Matthew Sampson for 2B01; John Grill for 3C01; Beau Finley for 3C04; Ashik Siddique for 4C03; Luke Cieslewicz for 5C07; Ryan Linehan for 5D01; Mysiki Valentine for 7D04, and Jewel Stroman for 7B07. The group is also endorsing Emily Gasoi for the Ward 1 seat of the DC State Board of Education.[8]

Phonebank Organizer


In 2017 Stuart Karaffa organized phone bankers for candidate Ross Mittiga.

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 Stuart Karaffa was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.

Biography from Illinois in Washington Program

Stuart Karaffa is on the Board of Advisors for the Illinois in Washington Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is his biography[9] verbatim:

"Stuart Karaffa graduated in May 2010 from the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies, spending his final undergraduate semester as a participant in the Illinois in Washington (IIW) program. Mr. Karaffa’s time at IIW provided an invaluable transition to a career in the federal government. At present, he is a Research Specialist for the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which is a component of the Department of Defense. The mission of NSEP is to expand U.S. expertise in foreign languages and cultures, thereby enhancing America’s national security capabilities. Mr. Karaffa’s position focuses on DoD-funded study abroad scholarships for college students learning critical languages. He also manages several IT and administrative contracts. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Karaffa spent time in politics and academia. His past experience includes interning at a U.S. Senator’s office, working as an account manager at a political consulting firm, and serving as the Campus Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Career Center."