Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Named Co-Chairman at Mercury
Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined bipartisan public strategy DC-based firm Mercury as Co-Chairman. In his new gig, he plans to focus on strategic and crisis communications consulting and other work that doesn’t require him to register as a lobbyist, he told Politico. Villaraigosa was elected as Los Angeles’ first Latino Mayor in 2005, and was the first Latino mayor since 1872. During his eight-year tenure, he served as Chair of the 2012 DNC, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2011 to 2012, and a member of President Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board in 2008. Since wrapping up his time in office in 2013, Villaraigosa unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California. He has also worked as a consultant for several firms -- including Herbalife and Banc of California -- and served as a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, a Professor at the University of Southern California, and a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in DC. He’s also been a contributor for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the U.S. His appointment as Co-Chairman is Mercury’s highest-profile hire since the firm was caught up last year in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I'm excited to join an exceptionally talented team that brings together the best of politics, policy and strategy to deliver winning results for clients here in California and around the world," said Villaraigosa. "I have 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." In his new role, he will be based in LA. More here.