About Us

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


JANIE VELENCIA
Founder & Operations Manager

Janie is a recovering journalist turned greeting card entrepreneur. A Michigan native, she moved to Washington to work in politics after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013.  She started The Card Bureau with friend and coworker, Alissa Scheller in 2016 while covering the presidential election for the Huffington Post. It was a taxing time and The Card Bureau served as a creative outlet.

Janie enjoys making products that help people think, laugh and connect with those they care about. When she’s not making cards, you can find her running, baking, or binging Netflix.  

ALYSSA STANZIONE
Lead Designer & Operations Assistant

Alyssa is an artist and graphic designer driven by the desire to create. After graduating in 2012 with a fine arts degree from East Carolina University, she moved to DC and started the artist collective Urban Creations DC. Alyssa eventually took Urban Creations solo, turning it into her personal brand as a freelancer and ceramic studio artist. In early 2018, a mutual friend introduced her to Janie and the two hit it off creatively. (Alyssa was drawn to Janie’s Boss Lady personality.) Alyssa spends her free time exploring Philly – where she now lives – and hanging with her dog, Duncan, a rescued Spanish Galgo. Just like Alyssa, Duncan spends half his day running at 40 mph and the other half lounging on the couch.


ENXHI KANINA
Designer

Enxhi studies contemporary art at 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.


LORI GRISHAM
Sales & Product Specialist

Lori grew up in the metro-DC area and has lived on Capitol Hill for more than a decade. Her background includes experience in higher education, journalism, rare books, and a brief stint scooping ice cream. She lives in a skinny row-house with her husband, son and a friendly (but loud) miniature Schnauzer. She believes in sending snail mail and writing things down on paper.