Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the public relations firm Edelman as a senior advisor with no specific role disclosed. Villaraigosa "is not coming on board for any specific client or project," Katie Burke, Edelman’s global public affairs chairwoman, said in making the announcement. "Edelman works on a variety of issues, from energy to transportation to healthcare to technology, and he has experience around these and other public policy issues that will be a benefit to all of our clients." Villaraigosa's statement was brief: "I look forward to contributing my unique perspective and experience in navigating resolutions and driving key initiatives for Edelman’s clients."
Villaraigosa's previously reported post-July 1 gigs include advisor to nutritional products maker Herbalife, strategic advisor to Banc of California CEO Steven Sugarman, and visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. Most recently he was named senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank. Before leaving office and moving out of Getty House, Villaraigosa said he would live in Venice.
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