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  • Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew (seated wearing a red tie), briefs President Obama on relief efforts in the situation room.

An official White House photograph that has made the rounds on Yahoo News, Reuters, and even the front page of the Drudge Report shows former aide to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, David Agnew, seated in the situation room briefing President Obama on continuing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Agnew, who previously served as the mayor’s close advisor before joining the administration shortly after Obama’s inauguration in 2009, serves as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, managing the White House’s relationship with state and local governments across the country. Agnew, who also co-chaired candidate Obama’s South Carolina campaign, initially joined the president’s team as the office’s deputy director, tapping into his experience working alongside the nation’s longest serving mayor as the liaison between the president and local officials.

Relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy are expected to last weeks and costs will likely cross into the billions of dollars as crews work to restore power to millions of residents across the northeastern corridor, particularly in New Jersey and New York, which were among the hardest hit areas of the region.

Before moving to D.C., Agnew was widely regarded as a possible successor to Riley, who has said he will finish his career as mayor when his current term ends in 2016. Agnew is a graduate of Erskine College in Due West, S.C. and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has also worked with Price Waterhouse and founded a real estate consulting business, Civic Square.

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