P3 office opens in Washington DC

Ex-KPMG Seth Miller Gabriel will be the first executive director of the new facility.

After drafting the legislation that formed Washington DC's Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) as a city councilor in 2014, Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed the office's first executive leadership team.

Seth Miller Gabriel will be the first executive director of OP3, and Judah Gluckman its first deputy director.

Bowser said while announcing the appointments at a recent Mayor-Council Breakfast that with his “pioneering P3 leadership experience and a track record of building robust programmes”, Gabriel is “prime to lead the charge” in standing up OP3.

Prior to his new role, Gabriel acted as chief operating officer at the Tetra Tech's Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, and as deputy director at the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP). He was also a member of KPMG's global infrastructure and project group. 

Gluckman has been a key staffer with Bowser since her days as a city councilor in 2011, working most recently as deputy director of her Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. He was instrumental in the drafting of the legislation that created the office. 

Prior to joining Bowser's legislative team, Gluckman worked on telecommunications regulatory matters and appellate litigation for Kellop, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. He also worked as Metcalf Policy Fellow and assistant chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. 

OP3 will headquarter in the Office of the City Administrator. It has authority to enter into P3s in the education and transportation sectors, as well as with cultural and recreational facilities, utilities and city-owned properties.