The Washington Ballet Gala
Friday, June 4, 2021
Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith
Lisa Barry and James Gale
Thank you for your support of our recent Gala, which raised more than $1,000,000 in support of The Washington Ballet’s Company, School, and community engagement programs. At our Gala, the Washington Ballet community was reunited for the first time in almost a year and a half, and the feeling of excitement and gratitude was palpable.
The 2021 Gala was the beginning of a new chapter for The Washington Ballet, one filled with hope and optimism, but also intention. This show has indeed gone on!
Gala Press Coverage:
- The Washington Ballet bounces back with the capital’s first post-pandemic gala (The Washington Post)
- D.C. Parties Are Popping, Even Without Biden (The New York Times)
- From the Desk of David Adler: Inside the Washington Ballet’s First Black-Tie Gala Post-COVID (BIZBASH)
Reginald Van Lee
Lois H. England Philanthropy Award 2021
Reggie Van Lee is the Chief Transformation Officer at the Carlyle Group, helping ensure that the firm is maximizing its market competitiveness and operating most effectively and efficiently as an institution.
From his 32 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, where, before he retired as Executive Vice President, he led numerous businesses, including the US Telecommunications Practice, the US Computers and Electronics Practice, the global Media & Entertainment Practice, the US Federal Health Practice, and the Commercial Solutions business, Reggie brings decades of experience driving growth and best-in-class performance. At Carlyle, he leads the development of new and innovative ways to enhance the firm’s business processes, drive faster decision making, and contribute to continued profitable growth. Prior to Booz Allen, he served as a research engineer with Exxon’s production research company.
Reggie is a member of the board of directors of Fortitude Re, ProKarma, Gallup Inc, the Women’s Venture Capital Fund II Advisory Board, Washington Performing Arts, National CARES Mentoring Movement, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Nationals Philanthropies, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Public Theater, and The Juilliard School. He formerly sat on the boards of the Evidence Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The Washington Ballet. He was named one of the top 25 consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine, selected as a Washington Minority Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal, and named Black Engineer of the Year by Black Engineer magazine. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard University.