Andreessen Horowitz taps Fenty to serve as a special adviser

Fenty is the second Washington political figure to join the high-profile firm. Last year it named former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers as a part-time special adviser to the firm, which has funded tech giants like Facebook, Zynga and Instagram.

Margit Wennmachers, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, said in a blog post that Fenty is uniquely positioned to help advise rising tech companies about how to navigate regulatory issues at the local level and strike partnerships with cities.

"With more technology companies disrupting traditional businesses, they will benefit from leaning on someone who’s well-versed in how local governments operate," she wrote.

Wennmachers also lauded Fenty's efforts to reform the D.C. public school system, which sparked controversy and drew significant opposition from teachers unions. 

"We admire someone with the courage and the stomach to take on the status quo, in particular on a topic as fundamental as the education system in this country," Wennmachers said.