Gloria Papiez Confirmed by State Senate as Washington DFI Director

Papiez’s transition has been seamless following a term as Acting Director.

Governor Jay Inslee selected Gloria Papiez to become the Director of the Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). Papiez has more than three decades of state government experience, including six years as the Assistant Director for Administration with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and 10 years with the State Auditor’s Office as Assistant Director for Audit. She has been with the DFI since 2000, and was appointed Acting Director of the DFI last fall after the retirement of Scott Jarvis.

Papiez’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate March 30.

Gloria Papiez, Director, Washington DFI

“Gloria has played a pivotal role in building DFI into one of the top agencies in the nation in financial education. Gloria’s state financial regulation experience coupled with her government service gives me great confidence in her leadership,” Inslee said.

Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) congratulated Papiez on her appointment.

“Gloria’s vast experience in key roles in state government will serve her well as Director,” Stang said. “We appreciate the Department of Financial Institution’s commitment to work with regulators and financial institutions in the best interests of consumers.”

Papiez served as a board member on the Financial Managers Advisory Council, is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and currently serves on the Governor’s Prosperous Economy Results Washington Goal Council.

“I am excited about the opportunity Governor Inslee has given me to continue the great work we do at DFI in regulating financial services in Washington to protect and educate the public and promote economic vitality,” said Papiez.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and completed a Harvard Executive Education Program for Washington State Executives.