Karima Woods is an experienced and proven administrator with over 18 years of experience in public-private partnership development, economic and community development.
Since 2015, Ms. 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, where she helped to 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’s leadership has led to the successful execution of the Mayor’s economic strategy and helped to drive the District’s business attraction and retention efforts across key business sectors. Her work has also contributed to several policy outcomes, including increased investment in underrepresented entrepreneurs to address the human, social and financial capital that entrepreneurs need to grow and expand. Ms. Woods has served on several boards and commissions, including the Innovation Technology Inclusion Council, Washington DC Economic Partnership, DestinationDC and the Greater Washington Board of Trade Council on Economic Development Officials.
A Ward 5 resident, Ms. Woods holds an Master in Business Administration from George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts in law and society from the University of California at Santa Barbara.