Read this: Adrian Fenty in Silicon Valley

October 23, 2013

What is Adrian Fenty up to these days? In case you missed it earlier today: Our colleague Dan Zak checked up on the former D.C. mayor, who landed a gig at a Silicon Valley law office last month, and, as we told you in August, has a “budding romance” with Steve Jobs’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. Fenty declined to comment for the story (except to be “puzzled that anyone would be interested in the life of an ‘ex-politician’”), but we learn:

– Fenty spends about half the week working for the law firm, Perkins Coie, and spends the rest of his time working as a “special adviser” to venture capitol firm Andreessen Horowitz; he also comes back to D.C. to visit with his teenage sons (who live with his parents). Recently, he tried to raise money online for unpaid Capitol Police officers during the shutdown.

– There’s also this scene from a conference in San Francisco, which featured a conversation between Fenty and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Halfway through the conversation, Newsom draws a line from [Malcolm] Gladwell’s keynote speech to Fenty, saying that being indifferent to one’s constituency is sometimes an essential part of leadership.

“You, Adrian, are an example of this — doing audacious things,” Newsom says, referring to Fenty’s 2007 school takeover, which installed [Michelle] Rhee, who closed dozens of schools, fired hundreds of teachers for underperformance and set in motion the backlash that would end his political career. “You paid a political price by not getting reelected,” Newsom adds, “but we are all beneficiaries of the principles you stood for.”

Read the rest of the (fascinating) story here: Go West, young mayor: D.C.’s Adrian Fenty heads to Silicon Valley. And is fitting in nicely.

Earlier: Adrian Fenty and his ‘budding romance’ with Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs

And, earlier: Adrian Fenty lands another job in Silicon Valley

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