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Mayor Bowser Announces Karima Woods as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Karima Woods as the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB).

Since 2015, Mrs. Woods has served as the Director of Business Development and Strategy in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), where she provided strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement, and global outreach to the business community. Prior to holding this position, Ms. Woods served as Deputy Director of Business Development, International Business Manager, and Senior Business Development Specialist, roles in which she helped shape signature business development initiatives and establish new business relationships with international markets such as China, Qatar, Dubai, Canada, Cuba, and El Salvador. Ms. Woods’ leadership has led to the successful execution of the Mayor’s economic strategy, helping drive the District’s business attraction and retention efforts across key business sectors and increasing investment in underrepresented entrepreneurs in DC.

Sybongile Cook, Associate Director of Talent and Client Services at the Department of Employment Services, will serve as Interim Director of Business Development and Strategy.