Alma Hardy Gates, a native Washingtonian and lifelong resident of the District, has a long and distinguished record of service to the city as a volunteer and community activist. Her six-year service as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, which she chaired for four years, was notable for the number of zoning cases in which ANC 3D was involved.
Gates retired from the National Cultural Alliance, which conducted a three-year public awareness campaign on the importance of the arts and humanities to the American public. She also served in the programs and policy area of the American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums), where she represented the association in a unique public/private partnership in Philadelphia. The Museums in the Life of a City project was initiated to bring the business and museum communities into closer working collaborations. At the American Institute of Architects Foundation, she initiated the Foundation’s grants program. At the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Gates worked closely with the founding director of the National Main Street Center to ensure the program’s mission and goals became formally institutionalized and widespread.
Currently, Gates is a trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and serves as chair of its zoning subcommittee. She represents the Committee on the DC Zoning Task Force, which is charged with reviewing revisions to the zoning regulations. Appointed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Gates serves as a member of the Spring Valley Partnering Team and Restoration Advisory Board in an advisory capacity on the recovery of WW I munitions from the American University Formerly Used Defense Site.