Karras Consulting is a father/daughter firm located in Olympia, Washington specializing in providing executive search services for elected and appointed officials throughout the Pacific Northwest. Rather than splitting our focus, we keep it strictly on government. We devote full energy to providing our state and local government clients with specialized expertise, tailored to the demands of the public sector.
DENNIS KARRAS, SPHR CEO
Dennis has more than 25 years of state government executive and legislative experience, including 10 years as the State Director of Personnel under two previous Governors. As a member of their Executive Cabinets, he administered the statewide human resource management system covering approximately 90,000 employees in state agencies, colleges and universities. From 1993 to 2001, he oversaw Washington State's Executive Search Services providing solutions for public agencies seeking dynamic executive-level leaders. During this time, Executive Search Services successfully placed over 300 executives in state and local government, higher education, and boards and commissions. Dennis was deeply involved in the creating and establishment of Washington State's Career Transition Center which won numerous rewards for its innovative and successful approach to providing transition services to Higher Education and general government employees. Dennis also served more than six years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the $1.3 billion Washington State Employees Credit Union, the second largest not-for-profit credit union in Washington State. Dennis has personally conducted more than 200 executive search recruitments during his career. He has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and a certificate from the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Business advanced Human Resource Executive Program.
MARISSA KARRAS, Vice President
Marissa has extensive experience in the areas of executive recruitment and compensation. As a project manager for Karras Consulting during the past seven years, she has played a key role in leading executive searches, career transition services, employee counseling and developing compensation strategy. Prior to joining Karras Consulting, she was a public relations and marketing director in the high tech industry. She has also worked in human resources for both the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Marissa is a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington Foster School of Business.