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Former Macquarie, HDR director Gribbin joins White House

DJ Gribbin, a champion of P3s and a Bush administration veteran, will serve as a special assistant for infra policy.

DJ Gribbin, a former Macquarie Capital and HDR director with extensive P3 experience, has joined the infrastructure team of US President Donald Trump.

Gribbin will serve as special assistant to the President for infrastructure policy, the White House announced this week. It will be Gribbin’s third stint in Washington; during the Bush administration, he served as general counsel for the Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2009 and previously as chief counsel of the Federal Highway Administration from 2003 to 2005.

From 2009 to 2015, Gribbin was managing director and head of US government affairs at Macquarie. Gribbin left the firm in July 2015 and in January 2016 became director of strategic consulting at Omaha-based developer HDR. Prior to his work in government, Gribbin was a director for Koch Industries.

While Trump has yet to release a detailed proposal, his administration has signalled that P3s will play a significant part in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure. The appointment of Gribbin, who has experience working on P3s in both his public and private sector roles, is another indication Trump likely sees a role for the partnerships.

During his time in the Bush administration, Gribbin was instrumental in promoting tolls and road pricing to finance infrastructure rather than tax dollars. Since returning to the private sector, Gribbin has championed P3 use and advised Puerto Rico on its P3 programme.

“The concept of PPPs is resonating and has positive connotations, which is helpful,” Gribbin told Infrastructure Investor in 2012. “Now governments better understand the value of P3s and are keen to utilise them.”