Michael A. Nutter, the 98th mayor of Philadelphia, set a course for America’s sixth largest city aimed at growing the regional economy in a sustainable manner, dramatically improving public safety and investing in education and workforce development.
During his time as Mayor, Nutter implemented a crime fighting strategy that saw a sharp decline in the homicide rate and continuing reductions in other violent crime.
He committed the city and the Philadelphia School District to increase the school graduation rate by 50 percent in five to seven years and to double the college attainment rate in five to 10 years.
With a pledge to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America, Mayor Nutter launched an aggressive strategy, Greenworks Philadelphia to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and train Philadelphians for new green collar jobs, from weatherization to solar panel installation.
Long committed to careful planning of development, Mayor Nutter has reoriented city government, giving primacy to planning as the city prepares for future development along the Delaware River, the Navy Yard and Philadelphia International Airport. He has reorganized the city’s Commerce Department to improve its assistance to small businesses and to foster minority- and women-owned business.
Within city government, Mayor Nutter began a reform drive that includes the creation of a 311 Call Center to serve better the service needs of city residents. And his administration set bright line standards for ethical conduct, increased funding for the city’s Inspector General’s office and established the city’s first ever Chief Integrity Officer.
In response to the deepest recession in generations, Mayor Nutter launched a nationally recognized mortgage foreclosure program that links at-risk homeowners with housing counseling and related services.
Born in Philadelphia in 1957, Michael Nutter grew up in West Philadelphia with his parents, who instilled in him a deep interest in community service, his sister and grandmother. An academic scholarship recipient, he graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School. In 1979, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since ending his term as Mayor, Nutter has joined the staff of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and is a commentator on CNN.