Brian Ellner, a former senior education aide in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, has moved to Edelman as group head of the firm's New York public affairs operation.
Ellner takes an executive VP title under managing director Ron Guirguis in New York.
Ellner has recently been vice chairman of education holdings for MacAndrews and Forbes Technology Venture Group. He was a senior advisor on the Human Rights Campaign's 2011 push to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, taking the campaign national with HRC via its Americans for Marriage Equality push later that year.
An attorney, he was an education aide to Mayor Bloomberg and is a former president of the Manhattan school board.
Guirguis said hiring Ellner shows Edelman's commitment to investing in and growing its PA unit, while deepening its ties to New York.