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Alma H. Gates, Ward 3

A native Washingtonian and lifelong District resident, Alma Hardy Gates has a long and distinguished record of service to the city as a volunteer and community activist.  Her six-year term of service (2002-2008) as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, which she chaired for four years, was notable for the number of zoning cases in which ANC 3D was involved and prevailed.  She was reelected in November of 2014 and served through December 2018. 

Ms. 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 Program and Policy area of the American Alliance of Museums, the national organization serving museums and museum professionals, where she represented the Alliance in a unique public/private partnership in Philadelphia.  The project, “Museums in the Life of a City,” was initiated to create closer working collaborations between the business and museum communities.  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.

Gates was elected Vice Chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City in 2000.  Previously Gates served as a Trustee from 2015 through 2017 and was re-elected in 2019.  She served as Chair of the Zoning Subcommittee and represented the Committee of 100 on the DC Zoning Task Force, which was charged with reviewing, revising and rewriting the city’s 1958 Zoning Regulations.  Appointed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Ms. Gates serves as a member of the Spring Valley Partnering Team and was elected in an advisory capacity to a 10-year term on the Restoration Advisory Board (“RAB”) which addresses the recovery and disposal of WW I munitions from the American University Formerly Used Defense Site.  She is a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District and is coordinator of Patrol Service Area (“PSA”) 205.

Gates has been a guest lecturer at American University Law School where she presented on “Land Use and Zoning” and “Zoning Case Law;” and, the American University Department of Art on “The Monument:  Past, Present, Future.” 

Ms. Gates holds a BA from Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, and a Teaching Certificate from the Washington Montessori Institute.