Since 1993, Bruce Agnew has been leading the Northwest Cascadia initiative serving as director of the Cascadia Center in Seattle. The Center is a private, non-profit, public policy center engaged in regional and international transportation and technology. Bruce also co-chairs of the Transportation Group for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) – a public private partnership of ten Northwest states and Western Canadian provinces/territories.
Since 2017, he has served as director of the ACES NW Network dedicated to the acceleration of ACES (Autonomous-Connected-Electric-Shared) technology in transportation. The Network is a 40 member technology driven alliance co-chaired by Tom Alberg, Co-founder and managing partner of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle and Bryan Mistele, CEO/Co-founder of INRIX global technology in Kirkland.
In 2009, Seattle Magazine named him “Road Warrior” in their “Power List” of community leaders for his transportation initiatives from advocacy of a Deep Bore Tunnel for the Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement to innovative infrastructure financing, passenger rail and ferries. He was also awarded the “Smashed Brick” by the Canadian Consul General in 2008 for reducing barriers to cross-border trade and tourism.
On the North American front, Mr. Agnew chaired an advisory committee to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) chartered by NAFTA publishing a report,“Destination Sustainability” exploring carbon taxes on trade corridors and serves on the Can Am Border Trade Alliance.
From 1987-93, Mr. Agnew was Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative John Miller from Washington state’s First District. Before his congressional service, Bruce Agnew was elected to two terms on the Snohomish County Council and served as President of the Puget Sound Regional Council in 1985. Mr. Agnew is a 1974 graduate of Stanford University and a 1977 graduate of U.C. Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) and resides with his family in Beaux Arts Village, WA.