Evan Matthew Karl
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Office of the Mayor | City of New York, Advisor, Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity

Evan Matthew Karl is an experienced activist, political organizer, and civil servant. Currently serving as an Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, he is responsible for providing programmatic and fiscal oversight for the Connections to Care program—a $30 million public-private partnership that aims to increase access to mental health services by integrating evidence-based mental health supports into community-based organizations serving low-income and at-risk New Yorkers. Prior to his current role, Evan served as an NYC Service Fellow in the civic engagement division of the Mayor’s Office, where he managed a series of citywide, cross-sector initiatives including AmeriCorps programs, a citywide snow removal pilot, and the NYC Neighborhood Civic Engagement Initiative. Evan has also held various positions in state and federal government, serving as a Regional Program Fellow in the Massachusetts Governor’s Office and as an Associate in the Obama White House, where he was selected to oversee a diverse constituent casework portfolio encompassing impact areas related immigration, housing, and criminal justice.

In addition to his work in government, Evan is committed to serving his local community in Western Queens. After running with other reformers on a platform of transparency, accountability, and increased community voice, he now serves as a voting member on the Queens Democratic County Committee where he organizes newly elected Committee Members and local Democrats to promote meaningful representation and ensure party leadership is held accountable to the communities they serve. He’s worked on a host of local political campaigns, including as a field captain and research team member on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset congressional campaign in 2018, and sits on various committees with local Queens political organizations, including the New Queens Democrats, the Powhatan & Pocahontas Democratic Club, and the Parks Committee of his local City Council Member’s Participatory Budgeting Program.

When he’s not at a community meeting or knocking on doors, Evan can be found listening to rock records, noodling on his guitar, and doting over his cat Sushi in his adopted home of Astoria, Queens. He is a first-generation college graduate, earning his B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.