Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is joining the global public strategy firm Mercury as co-chairman, in the wake of his unsuccessful gubernatorial bid.
Villaraigosa “will work with the global Mercury team, providing counsel and lending his unique and deep expertise to policy issues he has helped solve in government,” according to a statement released by the firm, where former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is a partner.
Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney called Villaraigosa “a proven leader and an exceptional strategist who is highly regarded and respected on both sides of the aisle.”
Villaraigosa said he has “spent my career working at the intersection of labor, government and business, and I look forward to bringing that experience to Mercury and helping our clients build even more success in the months and years to come.”
Villaraigosa, who concluded his second term as mayor in 2013, served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 to 2000, he represented Assembly District 45 and served as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly.
He chaired the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2011 to 2012 and served as a member of then-President Barack Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board in 2008.
Since concluding his tenure in elected office, Villaraigosa has served as a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, a professor of the practice of policy at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He has also been a contributor for La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.
Mercury, which is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group, has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Tennessee, and international offices in London and Mexico City.
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