Former Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA

After serving almost fifteen years in the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the ninety-eighth 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. On his watch, Philadelphia City government has received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices, and excellence. He served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors until 2013, and president of the Pennsylvania Municipal League until 2015. 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 stake holders to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys. He also serves on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Committee.