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About Us

The Card Bureau is a woman and immigrant owned stationery and gift company. We got our start in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington DC selling DC-themed greeting cards in local bookshops in 2016. Since then, we've expanded to offer more products in more stores across the country (700 stores and counting!). The ideas behind our greeting cards and gift items are inspired by politics, feminism, and current events. 


JANIE VELENCIA
Founder & CEO

Janie is a recovering journalist turned greeting card entrepreneur. A Michigander, (though she was born in Albania and immigrated to the U.S. at 5 years old) she moved to Washington to work in politics after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013. She started The Card Bureau in 2016 as a side hustle that served as a creative outlet from election coverage. As a journalist Janie has worked for FiveThirtyEight, Huffington Post, and CQ Roll Call/Economist. Now she just writes copy for cards. Janie enjoys making products that help people think, laugh and connect with those they care about.


Emily Dere
Operations Manager

Emily is responsible for overseeing orders and day-to-day operations. She studied communication design at Central Saint Martins in London and theatre design at Syracuse University. She previously worked as the manager of a growing stationery boutique in Old Town Alexandria and has her own line of illustrated products on the side. She doesn’t have a dog, but stares longingly at rescue sites instead. She enjoys reading and snail mail and in non-pandemic years swimming, trying new places for fancy cocktails, and general wandering around town. These are a few of her favorite things: baking experiments, vintage furniture for short people, her parent’s hound dog Toby, gin, and depressing novels.



ALYSSA STANZIONE

Lead Designer 

Alyssa is skilled professional with over 10 years of experience as a studio artist and graphic designer. After graduating in 2012 with a degree in Fine Art, she dreamed of pursuing a life by design. Alyssa made that happen by starting her own business working in freelance. In early 2018, a mutual friend introduced her to Janie and the two hit it off. She was drawn to Janie’s Boss Lady personality. Alyssa spends her free time remodeling her home in New Jersey and hanging with her two dogs, Duncan and Chelsey, rescued Spanish Greyhounds. Just like Alyssa, the dogs spend half their day running at 40 mph and the other half lounging on the couch.


ENXHI KANINA
Designer

Enxhi recently graduated with her masters in contemporary art from the University of Art in Tirana, Albania. She specializes in watercolors and oil painting and has a growing interest in graphic design. As Janie’s cousin, Enxhi enjoys learning about American culture and language by way of designing greeting cards. (She now knows about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, and why the card about student debt is funny in America.) For better or worse, The Card Bureau has also increased her intake of American TV, inspiring her to watch shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Mad Men. She’s excited to have her designs in stores throughout the US.

 


Mia Hernandez
Designer

Mia contributes to The Card Bureau as a graphic designer. She is a Michigan native and a recent graduate of Wayne State University where she studied graphic design. Outside the realm of graphic design, she adores any and all forms of art including theatre, photography, ceramics, etc. Anything she can get her hands on.

 


Jennifer Cariño
Lead Candle Maker

Jennifer is our candle specialist. She has a sharp nose for scents and makes sure every candle comes out perfect. You can always count on her for a good music playlist and she also enjoys a good murder podcast. Jennifer loves art and music and hopes to someday pursue a career that involves both.