The Honorable Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce from August 15, 2016 to June 30, 2020.
Prior to Mr. Orange joining the DC Chamber of Commerce, he was an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia having won a special election on April 26, 2011. He was re-elected to a four-year term on November 4, 2012 and served as the chairman of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. From 1999 to 2007, Vincent Orange, Sr. served two-terms as the Ward Five Councilmember. From 2001 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Committee on Government Operations with oversight over twenty-three agencies including the Office of the Mayor, City Administrator, Inspector General, Chief Technology Officer and Contracts and Procurement. He also served as co-chair of the Committee on Special Education.
Vincent Orange’s accomplishments include championing the passage of the 2016 emergency legislation to implement a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour for District workers, the living wage of $13.85 per hour, the minimum wage and five days of sick leave pay for tipped wage workers, enactment of the wage theft law, a smoking ban within twenty-five feet of a playground, recognizing by law the American Sign Language in the District, adding gender identification or expression to the list of protected classes under the DC Human Rights Act, establishing the Office of African Affairs, protecting pregnant workers’ rights, securing economic development and recreation centers for Ward 5, introduced and championed the legislation that created the District’s only public holiday, April 16 – District of Columbia Emancipation Day, which was approved in 2005, and much more.
Vincent Orange is an attorney and a certified public accountant. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of the Pacific, a Juris Doctoris from Howard University School of Law, and a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He also earned two certificates from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and for Crisis Management: Preparation, Performance, and Leadership.
Vincent Orange has received numerous awards and recognition including the 2018 induction into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame Society, Inc., the 2017 induction into the DCTV Hall of Fame, the 2017 and 2016 Washington Business Journal Power 100 Recognition, the Prince Hall Lodge No. 14 – 2017 Life Time Achievement Award, the 2016 Certified Business Enterprise Award for championing the establishment of “a one billion dollar expendable budget for goods and services” to be spent with District of Columbia businesses, the 2016 Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Service Award for career accomplishments promoting excellence in the study, practice and judicial processes of the law, and the 2016 Ready, Willing & Working Award for having a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the District of Columbia Clean Teams.
Vincent Orange Sr. is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a Prince Hall Affiliated Mason.
Vincent Bernard Orange Sr. is married to Gwendolyn Evans-Orange and has three children, Vincent Jr., Paul Wesley and Jannie Elizabeth Orange, and granddaughter Layla Elizabeth Orange. The Orange family are members of The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Washington, DC.
To recognize and honor the contributions of Gwendolyn Evans-Orange to the District of Columbia Public Schools, the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University, and on her retirement from the District of Columbia Public Schools after 31 years of dedicated service and work: