Washington Post: Fenty lands gig with Philadelphia-based firm

January 13th, 2011

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By Nikita R Stewart
January 13, 2011; 11:44 AM ET

Former D.C. mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will work as an outside adviser and counsel for Heffler, Radetich & Saitta, a Philadelphia-based accounting and consulting firm.

The firm announced Thursday that the 40-year-old Fenty, who lost reelection in the September Democratic primary, would “help further develop and enhance the firm’s preeminent position in class action litigation support services, as well as health care industry consulting and forensic accounting services.”

Fenty said in a news release, “My work as mayor gave me first-hand exposure to what was and is possible in evolution and growth of services and business, despite government’s complex bureaucracy.”

The release did not indicate that Fenty would relocate from the nation’s capital to the City of Brotherly Love. Fenty said the day after the primary that he would remain in the District, where he was born and raised and attended Howard University law school after his undergraduate work at Oberlin College.

But Fenty appears to have looked outside the city for work. He confirmed that he would like to shape minds at Oberlin as a visiting teacher. And earlier this month, Fenty signed with Greater Talent Network, a Manhattan-based speakers bureau for celebrities.

According to the news release, Fenty was recruited by principal Jerry L. Johnson, who joined the firm in 2009. Johnson was named among the Top 40 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine. Like Fenty, Johnson is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

The firm cited Fenty’s work shepherding school reform, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the reduction of crime and the expansion of affordable housing and health coverage for the uninsured.

“Adrian Fenty’s term as Washington mayor showed the country what sharp administrative and leadership abilities he has, and set the table for a fresh set of ideas and growth in his beloved city,” said executive partners Edward J. Radetich Jr. and George A. Saitta, in the release.

The firm, according to its statement, is known for “its extensive work in litigation support services and administrative services for large class action cases, administering cases dealing with antitrust, securities fraud, product liability, employment settlements, and other class action claims.”