Events DC Names Misty Johnson Oratokhai as New Chief People Officer

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Events DC Names Misty Johnson Oratokhai as New Chief People Officer.

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today that Misty Johnson Oratokhai has joined the organization as the new Chief People Officer. Previously, Ms. Oratokhai served as senior vice president and chief people officer at Dimensions Healthcare System, a regional not-for-profit healthcare services provider.

Ms. Oratokhai brings more than 12 years of extensive human resources management experience and will lead Event DC’s Human Resources team to support the growth and success of employees through a focus on personal development, career progression, talent acquisition, business advice supporting leadership and organizational performance.

“We are pleased to welcome Misty to the Events DC team,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “Misty will help lead our organization to recruit, develop and empower our employees to carry out our mission of creating economic and community benefits for the residents and businesses of the District of Columbia.”

A priority for Ms. Oratokhai will be a focus on innovative recruitment programs and employee-engagement initiatives as well as the development of new employee evaluation tools.

“I’m excited to join Events DC because of its strong focus on attracting world-class events with a dynamic and talented workforce who creates amazing event experiences for residents and visitors alike,” said Misty Johnson Oratokhai. Events DC has a strong reputation in the travel and tourism industry and I am committed to help further strengthen the organization’s performance.”

An expert in leadership, talent and organization culture and change, Ms. Oratokhai has led past initiatives including in-house recruitment programs, employee-engagement and a robust training curriculum focused on employee safety and management skills. Ms. Oratokhai also has a solid background with unions, including previous employment for AMTRAK and the D.C. Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining.

Ms. Oratokhai holds a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in political science from the University of the District of Columbia.

Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generated more than $3.3 billion in direct attendee spending in its first decade (2003-2013), and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC also manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. In addition, Events DC built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit

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