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Former Mayor Villaraigosa heads to Harvard

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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis are headed to Cambridge as visiting fellows at Harvard's Institute of Politics. 

Visiting fellows meet with students groups, participate in public policy classes, and lead discussions on their experiences in public service.

"Our fall Fellows class has impressive experience in politics and campaigns, journalism, business, technology, and service at the highest levels of city, state and federal government – including in the U.S. Senate and the President’s cabinet.  We are confident this group will create strong interest and inspire the leaders of tomorrow here at Harvard," said Trey Grayson, director of the Institute of Politics. 

This year's resident fellows are:

  • Mo Cowan, former U.S. Senator
  • Ginny Hunt, strategy principal, Google
  • Sasha Issenberg, columnist, Slate
  • Karen Mills, administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration 
  • Beth Myers, advisor, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
  • Ana Navarro, political commentator, CNN/CNN Español

Aside from his newly accepted position as a senior advisor to the Banc of California, Villaraigosa has maintained a low profile since leaving the Mayor's Office in June.   Meanwhile, Solis is running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' First District.  Last week, the Southern California Public Service Workers, SEIU Local 721, endorsed her campaign. 

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