Michael A. Nutter
City of Philadelphia
After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown in November 2007 and took office in January 2008. At his inaugural address, Mayor Nutter pledged to lower crime, improve educational attainment rates, make Philadelphia the greenest city in America and attract new businesses and residents to the city. He also promised to lead an ethical and transparent government focused on providing high quality, efficient and effective customer service.
Mayor Nutter made significant progress on every pledge. And, despite the damaging impact of the Great Recession, Philadelphia’s economy demonstrated significant growth — since January 2014, more than $11.5 billion of economic development projects have been completed, are under construction or announced.
In affiliation with the National League of Cities, Mayor Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched Cities United, an initiative aimed at creating partnerships between cities, non-profits, and other stakeholders to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys.
In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his tenure as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, which is the official non-partisan organization of almost 1,300 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. As President, Mayor Nutter represented the Conference by strengthening federal-city relationships and promoting the development of effective national urban policy.
Since leaving public service on January 4, 2016, Mayor Nutter has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life. A series of announcements were made demonstrating his continued commitment to public service and civic engagement. In January, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security announced his appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Columbia University/SlPA announced his appointment as the Inaugural David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Policy. In February, CNN news media organization announced that Mayor Nutter became a political commentator for the network. In June 2017, the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy announced that Mayor Nutter had been appointed as a Senior Fellow and Advisor to the Dean. In July 2017, he was appointed as a Senior Advisor with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm in their Local Government Solutions Team. Mayor Nutter maintains active involvement in critical areas of education, media, public policy, political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country.
Mayor Nutter is a life-long Philadelphian, born and raised in West Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.