Former Los Angeles Mayor
Katie Burke, Edelman's global public affairs chairwoman, said the mayor, who left office on June 30, is "not coming on board for any specific client or project."
"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," she said.
Villaraigosa has already been hired by nutritional products maker
Edelman has 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. During his eight years as mayor, Villaraigosa's public relations skills included his use of
In a statement, Villaraigosa said he is excited to join the public affairs firm. "I look forward to contributing my unique perspective and experience in navigating resolutions and driving key initiatives for Edelman's clients," he said.