March 7, 2023
The Honorable Phil Mendelson
Council of the District of Columbia
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004
Dear Chairman Mendelson:
In accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-
142; D.C. Official Code 1-523.01), and pursuant to section 4 of the Commission on the Arts and
Humanities Act, effective October21, 1975 (D.C. Law 1-22; D.C. Official Code 39-203), | am
pleased to nominate the following person:
Ms. Carla Sims
Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
for reappointment as a member of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, for a term ending
June 30, 2026.
Enclosed you will find biographical information detailing the experience of Ms. Sims, together with a
proposed resolution to assist the Council during the confirmation process.
I would appreciate the Councils earliest consideration of this nomination for confirmation. Please do
not hesitate to contact me, or Steven Walker, Director, Mayors Office of Talent and Appointments,
should the Council require additional information.
hairman Phil Mendelson
at the request of the Mayor
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION
10 IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
14 To confirm the reappointment of Ms. Carla Sims to the Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
16 RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this
7 resolution may be cited as the Commission on the Arts and Humanities Carla Sims
18 Confirmation Resolution of 2023.
20 Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the reappointment of:
2 Ms. Carla Sims
23 Constitution Avenue, NE
24 Washington, DC 20002
27 as a member of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, established by section 4 of the
28 Commission on the Arts and Humanities Act, effective October 21, 1975 (D.C. Law 1-22; D.C.
29 Official Code 39-203), for
a term ending June 30, 2026.
30 Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution,
31 upon its adoption, to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
32 Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Carla Lachele Sims
Carla Sims is a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer, strategic communications expert with over
30 years of results-oriented experience in marketing, communications, project management, media~
relations, branding, and event, film and television production. Her experience developing integrated
communications campaigns for entertainment, corporate, nonprofit and government clients gives her a
unique perspective on building and managing the brands of products, institutions and cultural icons.
In 2006, Ms. Sims left her position as Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard International
Communications, oneofthe world's largest public relations agencies, to start FYIMG, LLC, an
entertainment and production company in partnership with her husband,jazz harmonicist
With comedian Dave Chappelle asher first client, Ms. Sims had the formidable taskofrepositioning him
following his abrupt departure from his hit television show, The Chappelle Show on Comedy Central. Her
strategic approach and selective placements helped to elevate Chappelle's status to the cultural and
generational icon he is today. Sims received Grammy Awards for her role as Consulting Producer of
Chappelles long-awaited double-albums: The Artof Spin and Deep in the HeartofTexas (2017);
Equanimity and The Bird Revelation (2018); and Sticks and Stones (2019).
As publicist and producing partner for Chappelle, she developed Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint featuring
Frederic Yonnet. The live music and comedy show, which showcases Yonnet and his Band with No
Name, has been described as the best party you'venever been to, and the next iterationof Chappelles
Block Party, a music documentarydirected by Michel Gondry.As strategic communicationsadvisor and
spokesperson, she evaluates allincoming media, public appearance and special requests. She coordinates
appearances and cover story placements in national and international outlets. Herpersonal relationships
with artists, managers and agents give her direct access to celebrities and industry influencers
During her eight-year tenure at Fleishman, Ms. Sims managed multimillion-dollar programs for corporate
and government clients including the Departmentofthe Army, ESPN, Inc., The White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), National Public Radio, the Social Security Administration, and the
DC Commissionon the Arts and Humanities. As head of Multicultural Outreach on the ONDCP account,
she managed part of a $50 million budget and supervised subcontractors to reach youth and parents in
the African American, Hispanic, and Asian communities. As the lead on the Army's multi-year, multimillion-
dollar Operation Tribute to Freedom project, Ms. Sims and her team created hundreds of high-profile
opportunities for the American public to thank returning soldiersfor their service.Otherentertainment
and sports-related experience includes working in the Sports Marketing Department at Anheuser-Busch
and working with Ann Marie Wilkins, artist manager for Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
Ms. Sims served as a Major in the U.S. ArmyReserves and worked in the Pentagon as the Special Assistant
for External Affairs to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this position, she
facilitated national speaking and outreach opportunities to promote new ways for communities,was in
institutions, and organizations to view the Department ofDefense. Her last Pentagon assignment
the Community Relations Division, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs. Her various professional
experiences and personal interests, ranging from sports and entertainment to national and community
service, enable her to operate comfortably and effectively serve clients in a wide variety of worlds.
Ms. Sims was a founding board memberof Howard Theater Restoration and sat on the board of Duke
Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC. She received a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from
Hampton University and a CertificateofSpecial Studies in Administration and Management from the
Extension School at Harvard University.
Executive Officeof the Mayor - OfficeofTalent and Appointments
John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20004
Carla Sims is a three-time Grammy
Award-winning producer, _ strategic
communications expert with over 30
years of results-oriented experience in
marketing, communications, project
management, media relations, branding,
and event, film, and television
production, Ms. Sims founded FYIMG,
LLC, an entertainment and production
company in partnership with her
Ms. Sims served as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves at ind worked in the Pentagon as the Special
Assistant for External Affairs to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In
this position, she facilitated national speaking and outreach opportunities to promote new ways for
communities, institutions, and organizations to view the Department of Defense. Her last Pentagon
assignment was in the Community Relations Division, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs. Her
various professional experiences and personal interests, ranging from sports and entertainment to
national and community service, enable her to operate co! mfortably and effectively serve clients in
a wide variety of worlds.
Ms. Sims received a B.A. in Mass Media Communic: ations from Hampton University and a
Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from the Extension School at
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser
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Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor "agmmy
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: Betsy Cavendish
March 6, 2023
Legal sufficiency review of Resolutions nominating Maggie Fitzpatrick, Cecily
Habimana, Carla Sims, and Hector Torres as members of the Commission on the
Arts and Humanities
This is to Certify that this office has reviewed the above-referenced resolutions and
found them to be legally unobjectionable. If you have any questions in this regard, please do not
hesitate to call Vanessa Careiro, Deputy General Counsel, Executive Office of the Mayor, at
202-724-1303, or me at 202-724-7681.
Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Cavendish
The John A. Wilson Building 1350 PennsylvaniaAvenue, NW Suite300+ Washington, D.C. 20004Office (202) 724-7681