Karina was born in Moscow, studied at the Department of Jewish Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds her BA degree in Jewish history from the PIJS, Saint Petersburg's Institute for Jewish Studies. Following graduation, Karina completed a yearlong intensive program at Paideia – the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.
Prior to joining GPG, she worked with several Jewish organizations, including Eshkolot and Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. For several years Karina served as a coordinator of Sambation Project where she was responsible for organizing summer camps and seminars for teenagers.
After moving to Israel, Karina worked as an Office Manager at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She currently resides in Jerusalem with her husband Andrey and daughter Berta.