D.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Vincent Orange marks the end of a roughly four-year tenure with the organization, effective at the end of this month.
The chamber’s board, which has seen many of its financial fortunes dwindle over the past few years, announced Tuesday in a statement that Orange will part ways with the chamber on June 30. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Angela Franco, a senior adviser to D.C.’s health insurance exchange and former head of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Orange, 64, a former D.C. councilman, joined the chamber in 2016 after losing the Democratic primary for his at-large Council seat to Robert White.
However, Orange plans on mounting a new bid to win back his council seat as an at-large independent in November, according to an email forwarded Tuesday to reporters. He stressed that he has “never been reprimanded or censured” by District ethics officials, adding that “the D.C. Chamber did very well under my leadership.”