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Biography of
Regina V.K. Williams-Gates
City Manager


Mrs. Regina Williams-Gates has had an extensive career in public service -- spanning several executive positions at both the local and state levels of government.  Williams-Gates served 12 years as City Manager, for Norfolk, Virginia.  Formerly, Williams-Gates was City Manager for the City of San José, California, the capital of Silicon Valley and the largest international high-tech area.  Prior to serving in San José, Williams-Gates was Deputy City Manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Richmond, Virginia.  She first began in the City of Richmond as the Director of Personnel.  Williams-Gates also served the state of Virginia when appointed by the Governor to the position of State Director of Personnel & Training.

Williams-Gates has also provided her management skills nationally and internationally.  She has taught Leadership through the US National Fire Training Academy. Sponsored by the United States Aid to Developing Countries (US-AID), Williams-Gates has delivered management training and public administration consultant services in Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Central America in Quito, Ecuador. 
Mrs. Williams-Gates received a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in English and Sociology, with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is also a trained Mediator and Arbitrator.

Mrs. Williams-Gates was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Chartered by the U. S. Congress, NAPA elects a limited number of individuals with distinguished records of performance as either a practitioner or a scholar in public administration and management.  Williams-Gates was honored as the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) first Outstanding Manager of the Year and has been recognized by Governing Magazine as one of their Public Officials of the Year.  Williams-Gates has received numerous other national and local awards in recognition of professional achievements and community involvement. 

On the personal side Williams-Gates is married and she and her husband, John, have a blended family of 10 adult children and 21 grandchildren.  In her limited leisure time, Williams-Gates creates and competes internationally in the making of porcelain dolls.  Additionally, she paints in water color; is an avid reader.