Bandele McQueen is a seasoned government affairs consultant who has served in leadership roles on Capitol Hill and in the public and private sectors for over twenty years. Operating at the intersection of state and federal policy, Mr. McQueen has assisted clients in a range of areas including energy, maritime, health care, and finance sectors. He develops and executes government affairs strategies at all levels of government.
Prior to joining Gray Global Advisors, Mr. McQueen was a senior advisor with McKenna Long & Aldridge where he represented Fortune 500 companies to state, local, and foreign governments.
Mr. McQueen has a long career in public service. Most recently he served as Deputy Director of the D.C. office of the Mayor of Chicago. In this role he was responsible for all federal legislative activity for the City, including the City’s annual Federal Legislative Agenda and outreach to Congress on behalf of the Mayor, and he played a key role in the City’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Mr. McQueen also held several positions in the House of Representatives including serving as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, Chairwoman of the House Committee on House Administration, where he oversaw congressional and legislative staff and managed legislative activity. Mr. McQueen also worked for Majority Leader Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), where he served as senior leadership staff, engaged in outreach with Member offices, and coordinated with other leadership offices on both sides of the aisle on issues concerning the office of the General Council and the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.
In addition to his work in government, Mr. McQueen has extensive experience in the political arena, having worked as a political director and campaign consultant on numerous campaigns. He served as Campaign Manager in the successful re-election campaign for the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Douglas H. Palmer. Mr. McQueen’s political experience includes implementing and managing statewide voter outreach programs and coordinating campaign operations statewide in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Florida.