Former Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke to work as consultant, Vanderbilt University professor

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Outgoing Mayor Andy Berke speaks during the One Chattanooga inauguration ceremony at the Tivoli Theatre on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tim Kelly was sworn in as the 66th mayor of Chattanooga.

Two months after leaving office, former Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is taking on new roles as a consultant and law professor.

Berke was mayor until April, when his second term ended. He announced Friday that he will work as a partner at Cityfi, a consultancy focused on helping local governments, private companies, philanthropies and their partners to achieve positive social and financial outcomes through civic and policy innovation, transformational technologies, mobility and urban planning and collaboration.

Berke, who was a litigator and Tennessee state senator before serving as mayor, also will teach public policy at Vanderbilt Law School and become a special adviser for innovation and strategic projects to university Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, according to a news release.

"My career has been focused on serving people - making communities safer and more connected, helping them thrive, and finding ways they can work better for everyone," Berke said in the release.