Hon. Michael A. Nutter, former two-term Mayor of Philadelphia, has dedicated his life to public service and urban innovation. After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Mayor Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown in November 2007 and took office in January 2008. His administration focused on lowering crime, improving education attainment rates, making Philadelphia the greenest city in America, and attracting new businesses and residents to the city. His time in City Hall was also marked by a strong focus on an ethical and transparent government committed to high quality customer service.
With the support of an experienced, professional staff, Mayor Nutter made significant progress in all of these areas: 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 show 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.
Mayor Nutter was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In affiliation with the National League of Cities, he joined with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to launch 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 also serves on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Advisory Council.
In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his tenure as President of the U.S. 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 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. In the first three months of 2016, a series of announcements were made demonstrating his continued commitment to public service and civic engagement. In January, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Mayor Nutter accepted an appointment to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Columbia University SIPA announced his appointment as Professor of Professional Practice. In February, CNN News media organization announced that Mayor Nutter became a political commentator for the network and in March, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced his appointment as a Senior Fellow and national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program, working with mayors all across the United States. Mayor Nutter maintains active involvement in political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country.