Karina Lipsman addresses supporters in South Arlington.

Karina Lipsman – 2022 Republican nominee for Congress in VA-08 –  has publicly announced at least one project that she will be taking on in 2023.

Lipsman has been named a fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), a non-profit organization that is “the leading national women’s organization dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, opportunities, and well-being.”

The group announced Lipsman as one of its fellows for the Spring of 2023, sharing the following about her in a media release issued today:

“Karina Lipsman grew up in Soviet-controlled Odesa, Ukraine where equality was non-existent. Her expertise in international diplomacy, geo-political strategy, conflict resolution, cyber, space, defense operations, and implementation of U.S. global defense systems spans almost two decades. Most recently, Karina served as the 2022 U.S. Congressional nominee for Virginia’s 8th district. In this capacity, she was the only Ukrainian-born refugee immigrant nominated to run for Congress in the entire country.”

Lipsman exclusively told The Republican Standard today that she was “excited to join the Independent Women’s Forum and be part of a network of inspiring women. Their mission to develop and advance policies that enhance people’s freedom, opportunities, and well-being is something that I’m passionate about given my upbringing in Soviet Ukraine and immigrating to the United States for freedom and opportunity.”

IWF’s Vice President for Policy Hadley Heath Manning also noted in the aforementioned release that her group was  “thrilled to welcome this outstanding cohort of fellows. These women bring extensive knowledge, well-founded expertise, and distinctive viewpoints to IWF. We look forward to seeing their work take shape this spring and ultimately support us in our mission to develop and advance policies that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices and well-being.”

Healthcare executive and longtime Virginia Republican activist Srilekha Palle was also named to IWF’s class of Spring 2023 Fellows.