MIRA adds ex-US official to government affairs unit(2)

David Agnew, who formerly served as White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, will become managing director of MIRA’s government affairs unit.

Macquarie Group has appointed a former US senior government official to lead the government affairs unit at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), according to a statement.

David Agnew, who previously served as White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, will become managing director for MIRA’s government affairs unit. He will be based in New York.

At MIRA, Agnew will act as the firm's liaison with federal, state and local governments, building on its existing presence in the marketplace while also exploring new investment opportunities.

“David’s depth of expertise across the public and private sectors will be extremely valuable to MIRA given our investments in and development of U.S. infrastructure projects,” said Chris Leslie, chief executive officer of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and member of the MIRA North American Executive Committee.

“His relationships with state and local leaders, together with his insights into the needs of communities throughout the country, will help us to continue strengthening our relationships with key elected officials across the country.”

In his previous role, Agnew was charged with overseeing the Obama Administration’s relationship with state, city, county, and tribal officials across the country. He was instrumental in achieving cooperation among those sectors on Administration policies relating to the development and execution of significant transportation, housing and economic initiatives.

Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Agnew was founder and president of Civic Square LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm that specialised in creating innovative public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Previously, he served as a top adviser to Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and as Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of Labor. Agnew began his career as a consultant with Price Waterhouse helping analyse PPPs at the local, state and federal levels.