Michael Nutter

Portrait of Michael Nutter
Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication

After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown, serving from 2008-2015. At his inaugural address, 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; 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 have been announced.

While Mayor of Philadelphia, Nutter served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors and as President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League. 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 office in January 2016, Nutter has remained active in education, media, public policy, political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country. He has served in advisory capacities with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ekistic Ventures, Airbnb, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, NOVELE, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, Dentons Law Firm, InState Partners, Atlas Marketplace, Cities United, Phase 2 Consulting, Clover Health, the Governance Project, JP Morgan Chase, and Green Diamond Solutions. In addition, he has served as a board member for the Conduent Corporation, the Lincoln Land Institute, Heartland Alliance, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Council on Criminal Justice, and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.

Nutter is the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He has also been a fellow at Drexel University's Lebow College of Business, the University of Chicago's Urban Labs, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Brookings Institute, the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice, and the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. Nutter worked as a CNN political commentator for three years, was elected as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee, and is a Venture Partner with Ridge-Lane Limited Partners.

He is a life-long Philadelphian, born and raised in West Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nutter is represented by the Harry Walker Agency for all speaking engagements and public presentations. Please contact 646-227-4900 or info@harrywalker.com to request his participation.  

A former Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter is a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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