Former Gov. Martin O'Malley will join Washington-based MetroLab Network as chairman of its advisory board, the organization announced Thursday.
O'Malley, who folded his bid for the Democratic nomination for president earlier this year, will serve as a senior fellow of the network of university partnerships with cities and counties. The group is focused on addressing urban challenges using innovations in technology and public policy.
Before running for president, O'Malley served two terms as Maryland's governor from 2007-2015. He was previously mayor of Baltimore.
MetroLab Network brings together more than 30 partnerships of governments and universities. Baltimore, the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University have recently joined.
“Cities have always been one of my passions, and I am excited for the opportunity to work with cities and universities across the country,” O’Malley said in a statement released by MetroLab.