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Angie Gates

President & Chief Executive Officer, Events DC



Angie M. Gates is the president and chief executive officer of Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia.


Gates leads the organization tasked with generating economic and community benefits for DC residents and businesses through the creating, attracting and hosting premier events.


Under Gates’ leadership, Events DC continues its mission of building community connections through impactful events and programming as the city continues to flourish following the COVID-19 pandemic. As the conventions, meetings, sports and entertainment industries continue to evolve, Gates is tasked with driving sustainability, innovation and a thriving tourism economy in DC that will serve as a national model.


With decades of experience in the venue management and entertainment industries and a deep understanding of DC, Gates previously served as DC’s Director of the Office of Cable, Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.


A 20-year veteran in the fields of event management, entertainment, film and public service, Gates’ expertise ranges from tourism and hospitality to film and venue operations. Notably, Gates was named the first African American General Manager of the iconic Warner Theatre and earned Washington, DC its first Emmy at the 60th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award show. Gates also recently received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joseph R. Biden.


In 2020, Gates was appointed to serve on the Washington, DC ReOpen DC Advisory Group, the COVID-19 task force charged with delivering recommendations and a plan to reopen DC safely and sustainably.


Gates began her career as a film specialist for the New Orleans Film Commission. She is the former Associate General Manager of the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans and the former Director of Engagement Relations and Marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment’s Theatrical Division.


Gates received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master of Arts Administration Degree with a Special Concentration in Sports Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Orleans. Gates serves as a Board Member of the New Orleans Theatre Association and Negro League Hall of Fame. She is also a charter member of the Upsilon Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Gates currently serves as a Governor of the Recording Academy, Washington DC chapter (The GRAMMYs).


Gates, a Ward 6 resident, began at Events DC on November 14, 2022.


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