Ex-DC Mayor Fenty joins Perkins Coie

Former Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has joined Perkins Coie and will work in the firm’s business development arm.

Fenty will work on strategic client services and further develop the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital practice.

“Adrian is an incredibly intuitive business thinker and a savvy strategist,” said Buddy Arnheim, the firmwide leader of the practice group Fenty will be working to expand.

“His experience in the public and private sectors will be invaluable to many of our emerging company clients as they navigate the complexities of growing their businesses.”

After leaving the mayor’s office in 2011, Fenty became a special counsel at the law firm Klores Perry Mitchell and advised companies such as Rosetta Stone, Everfi, and CapGemini.

In his new role, Perkins Coie says Fenty, who is known for completely revamping the District’s school system, would draw on his mayoral experiences.

Perkins Coie engages in very little official advocacy, banking only $120,000 in lobbying revenues last year.

Fenty will also be serving as a special advisor with venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and work on the board of directors for the nonprofits College Track and Fight for Children, which aim to help low-income children.

Fenty lost his reelection bid in the Democratic primary to now-Mayor Vincent Gray. In his concession speech, he said that he had no intention to run for public office again.