Michael NutterDavid N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
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.
With the support of an experienced, professional staff, Mayor Nutter made significant progress on every pledge: homicides were at an almost 50 year low at the end of his tenure; high school graduation and college degree attainment rates increased significantly; Philadelphia added hundreds of miles in bike lanes and trails and launched the first low-income friendly bike share system in America, called Indego; and Philadelphia ‘s population grew every year since 2008, including the largest percentage of millennial population growth in the nation. He actively recruited businesses to set up shop in Philadelphia, both domestically and internationally with tax reforms, better business services and international trade missions. 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.
Mayor Nutter made a commitment to strong financial stewardship, vigorously managing the City through the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. As a result, Philadelphia’s credit rating was upgraded to the “A” category by the three major credit rating agencies for the first time since the 1970s.
In 2013, Philadelphia City Council passed his Actual Value Initiative, the City’s first ever property assessment system overhaul, transforming a broken and corrupt system into a fair, accurate and understandable system.
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. He has also served on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council.
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. In June 2015, Mayor Nutter completed his year of service as President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, which brings together municipal government officials from across the Commonwealth to advance policy initiatives state-wide.
In 2011, Esquire magazine named Mayor Nutter to its Americans of the Year list and in 2014, he was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. During his tenure, Philadelphia City government received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices and excellence.
Since leaving public service on January 4, 2016, Mayor Nutter has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life. Since leaving office, 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 that Mayor Nutter accepted a 2 year appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Also in January, Columbia University/SlPA announced his appointment as a Professor, and in March, the Board of Trustees voted to appoint him 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, where he served for three years. Also in February, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced his appointment as a Senior Advisor and national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program, working with Mayors all across the United States. In March 2016, he became an Advisor for Ekistic Ventures, which he completed his work in December, 2018. In April, Drexel University announced that Mayor Nutter joined the Lebow College of Business as an Executive Fellow in Leadership for one year, working with the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL). In July, Airbnb announced that Mayor Nutter will chair the first year of the newly created Mayors Advisory Council, an international group of former Mayors providing strategic advice on local government issues and public policy. In August, the University of Chicago Urban Labs announced that Mayor Nutter had been appointed to the position of Executive Fellow, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced his appointment as a Member of the Economic and Community Advisory Council which concluded in December, 2019 and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced his appointment as a Distinguished Fellow. In November, The Brookings Institution announced that Mayor Nutter had been appointed as a Distinguished Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program. In December, NOVELE, an energy renewables company, announced he became an Advisor, and Mayor Nutter began to serve as Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Equity Advisory Council, which concluded its work in January, 2017. On January 3, 2017, Mayor Nutter became an Independent Director and Board member of the new publicly traded company, Conduent Corporation, the spin-off firm from Xerox Corporation. His Board service with Conduent concluded in May, 2020. In February 2017, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice announced that Mayor Nutter would serve as a Non-Resident Senior Executive Fellow, and he was elected as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee. In May 2017, he joined the Board of the Lincoln Land Institute, which ended in January, 2020. 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. In July 2017, Mayor Nutter was appointed as a Senior Advisor with InState Partners as they seek to help businesses introduce and promote innovation with government. In September 2017, the Aspen Institute announced he had become a member of the Economic Strategy Group. In October 2017, the Atlas Marketplace announced that he had joined the firm as a Senior Advisor to assist local governments learn about smart, safe and sustainable solutions within their communities. Also in October 2017, Mayor Nutter was named a Senior Advisor with Cities United whose work is focused on the reduction of violence in America related to African American boys and men. In January 2018, Mayor Nutter began working with Perennial Strategies, since renamed Phase 2 Consulting, as a Senior Advisor. In June 2018, he joined the Board of Directors of Heartland Alliance and supports their national work in seeking to reduce and end poverty and in August 2018, the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics announced Mayor Nutter as a Non-Resident Visiting Fellow, and Clover Health announced that Mayor Nutter would serve as a Senior Advisor for their Medicare Advantage plan which concluded in December, 2019. In September 2018, Ridge-Lane Limited Partners announced that Mayor Nutter had become a Venture Partner, Public-Private Partnerships with the firm. His board service with them concluded in July 2020. In September 2018, he also became a Senior Advisor for The Governance Project, focused on Opportunity Zones which concluded in December, 2019. Also in September, JPMorgan Chase announced the creation of AdvancingCities, a $500 million initiative to create economic opportunity in cities, and asked Mayor Nutter to serve on the External Advisory Council. In 2019, Mayor Nutter began serving on the Board of Directors of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Council on Criminal Justice and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation; he also began serving as a Senior Advisor to Green Diamond Solutions, an environmental sustainability company. In April 2020, Mayor Nutter was elected to the Advisory Board of the African American Mayor’s Association. In May 2020, Nutter was elected to the Board of the Urban Institute. In July 2020, Mayor Nutter was appointed to the Board of Rubicon Technologies, LLC a software company focused on waste, recycling and smart city solutions. In July 2020, the Association To Benefit Children (ABC) in New York City elected Mayor Nutter to their Board of Directors. In February 2021, Mayor Nutter was appointed to the Board of the Centre for Public Impact.
Mayor Nutter maintains active involvement in critical areas of education, media, public policy, political campaigns, the corporate community and academic institutions across the country. He is active in the social media environment, and can be reached on Twitter @MichaeI_Nutter, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/michael-a-nutter-08b423123 or through his website WWW.MikeNutterLLC.com. He is represented by the Harry Walker Agency for all speaking engagements and public presentations.
Michael Nutter is a life-long Philadelphian, born and raised in West Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been dedicated to public service since his youth. Mayor Nutter is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.