Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute
From 1995-2013, Bruce Agnew directed the Cascadia Center for Regional Development with primary funding through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently he manages the Cascadia Academy, a private non-profit transportation and technology education initiative dedicated to commerce, conservation and community in the Cascadia region and West Coast. Academy initiatives include national and regional passenger rail, cross-border freight mobility, sustainable community development, alternative fuel development and electrification of transportation ("Clean, Green and Smart").
Mr. Agnew is co-chair of the Transportation Working Group of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region
(PNWER) which organizes legislative tours and communications of border, port, rail and energy projects in the ten states and provinces of the PNWER region.
He served as chair of a transportation advisory committee to Commission for Environmental Cooperation chartered by NAFTA, the ITS/Environment committee of the West Coast Corridor Coalition, state board of the Washington Conservation Voters and executive board of the Can Am Border Trade Alliance in New York.
In 2009, Seattle Magazine cited him as "Road Warrior" in their Power List of community leaders for his leadership on transportation initiatives from the Deep Bore tunnel for the Alaska Way Viaduct to tolling and public private partnerships. In 2008 he earned the “Smashed Brick” award from the Canadian Consul General for success in reducing impediments to cross-border trade.
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 on Mercer Island.