“We are thrilled to welcome Antonio to the Edelman family and particularly to the Public Affairs practice, which is a priority area of growth and investment for the firm both in the U.S. and globally,” said Burke. “Antonio’s ability to build coalitions across ideological divides in order to find solutions to some of today’s leading challenges for government and business will be an invaluable resource for our clients as he serves as a strategic counselor.”
During his tenure as the 41st mayor of Los Angeles from 2005-2013, Villaraigosa’s accomplishments include: doubling the number of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses meeting the state’s academic performance goals; expanding the city’s subway and light rail systems; increasing population density around public transit hubs; propelling Los Angeles to become the first big city to synchronize all of its traffic lights, reducing travel time for drivers and eliminating a metric ton of carbon emissions; championing billion-dollar modernizations of the city’s airport and harbor, taking 2,000 of the harbor’s diesel trucks off the road and reducing emissions by 80 percent; meeting the Kyoto Protocol goal for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule; increasing the city’s park space; and putting 1,000 more police officers on the streets, reducing Los Angeles’ crime rates to their lowest level in 60 years.
“I am excited to be joining Edelman’s top-notch roster of public affairs talent,” said Villaraigosa, who also was just named senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a Washington, DC-based think tank. “I look forward to contributing my unique perspective and experience in navigating resolutions and driving key initiatives for Edelman’s clients.”
At the national level, Villaraigosa served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he championed education reform and expanded investment in America’s transportation infrastructure. Additionally, he chaired the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Prior to his terms as Mayor, Villaraigosa held the 14th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. In 1998, he was elected Speaker of the California State Assembly, where he oversaw passage of landmark state legislation including the modernization of public schools, the toughest assault weapons ban in the country, the largest urban neighborhoods parks initiative in America, and the “Healthy Families” program that provides healthcare for over a half a million California children. In 1990, he was appointed to serve on the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he worked alongside the elected County Supervisors, as well as the mayor of Los Angeles and members of the city councils of Los Angeles and neighboring cities.
Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its “A-List Agencies” in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek’s “2011 PR Agency of the Year;” PRWeek’s “2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;” and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year” and its 2012 “Digital Agency of the Year.” Edelman was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoor’s top ten “Best Places to Work” in 2011 and 2012. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research), Blue (advertising), BioScience Communications (medical communications), and agencies Edelman Significa (Brazil), and Pegasus (China). Visit http://www.edelman.com for more information.
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