Raffi Karakashian received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Political Science from Boston College in 1999. He then studied law at Seton Hall University, graduating in 2003. He went on to serve as law clerk to the Hon. Daniel M. Waldman, J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey in the 2003-2004 court term, followed by associate positions at Evans, Osborne & Kreizman, LLC and Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C. in New Jersey. Karakashian has been the ANCA Legislative Affairs Director in Washington, DC since February 2007, and in 2009, also began managing the ANCA Capital Gateway Program.