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In the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport and downtown Washington, DC, the Mary M. Gates Learning Center provides a comfortable and convenient space for community leaders, members and partners to come together for collaboration and innovation.

Covering two stories with more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space, the Mary M. Gates Learning Center offers a wide variety of options for collaborative innovation.


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Passionate Community Leader

Mary M. Gates (1929-1994) A recipient of numerous philanthropic awards and recognitions, Mary felt most honored when helping others.  She was committed to improving lives in her community and was a tireless supporter of the many organizations in which she served.Mary was an energetic and passionate leader.  As president of United Way of King County in her home state of Washington, she was among the first women in the country to lead a United Way.Her leadership extended far beyond her own community.  Mary was also the first woman to chair the United Way of America Board of Trustees and a founding member of the United Way International Board of Directors.  Her understanding of service and attention to human need helped strengthen the United Way movement around the globe.Mary saw that results multiply when people and organizations have a common purpose.  The Mary M. Gates Learning Center was built on her belief that learning, sharing, and ending opportunity to work together will make the world a better place.

United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.  The Mary M. Gates Learning Center helps us act on that mission.  It is an innovative educational conferencing and networking facility with a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure that fosters creative learning.  The Mary M. Gates Learning Center serves the United Way system, our community partners and worldwide stakeholders, by building skills to mobilize communities to address growing societal challenges.


LEED Certification

United Way has submitted the Mary M. Gates Learning Center for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, and expects a high rating.