Kathryn Roos has been appointed as the interim director of the Washington, DC, Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3), according to an 8 November announcement by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Roos will replace the long-standing OP3 Director Seth Miller Gabriel. When asked whether or not Miller Gabriel would continue to have a role in the government, a spokesperson at OP3 said he was “separated from the government.”
Mayor Bowser made this announcement one day after she was reelected to her office, the first incumbent to be reelected to the seat in 16 years.
Roos was previously the manager of P3s and streetlights for the District Department of Transportation (DOT). She will be an interim director, and at some point that position will be open to the public for applications.
Before joining the DOT, she spent four years as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
According to the 8 November announcement, Roos “brings a wealth of experience in city management, leadership and team building. A trained architect, Ms. Roos also has experience in building design, construction and financing.”
OP3 is in procurement for a P3 to renovate the Henry J Daly Building. Four teams responded to the request for alternative proposals-qualifications (RFAP-Q) 9 July, and a list of prequalified teams is expected to be issued by the office in the coming months.
According to a July statement from the office, the shortlisted proposers will be invited to participate in a request for proposals process (RFP), which is expected to start in the winter, with proposals due spring 2019.
As reported, OP3 also put out a notice 7 August announcing its intent to accept unsolicited proposals that feature ideas on developing DC’s infrastructure. Applicants were invited to submit proposals between 31 August and 1 October.