Beyond the Headlines
As a current Commentator for CNN, Michael Nutter provides razor-sharp, engaging analysis on today’s most pressing issues, going beyond the headlines to deliver frank insights on what’s truly at stake. With over 20 years of experience as an elected official, a celebrated sense of humor, and tremendous depth of knowledge on everything from the economy to healthcare policy, Michael Nutter brings the informative and dynamic commentary he’s known for as a political thought leader to the stage.
Race and Justice in America
A vocal and passionate advocate of racial and social justice, Michael Nutter is on the frontlines of programs and policies to support African-American and immigrant communities. With his legacy as Mayor filled with innovative initiatives, such as launching Cities United to reduce African-American male and youth violence and bringing President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program to Philadelphia, Nutter remains a leading voice on race in America, dedicated to empowering individuals and shining a national spotlight on the challenges facing communities of color.
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Michael Nutter’s memoir offers a behind the scenes look at his eight years in office
MICHAEL NUTTER’s memoir, Mayor: The Best Job In Politics, gives readers an in-depth and compelling behind-the-scenes look at Nutter’s entrance into politics and two terms as mayor of Philadelphia. A civic leader heralded for bringing Philadelphia’s homicide rates to a historic low, boosting high-school graduation rates and population growth, and putting sustainability and ethics at the top of the agenda, Nutter demonstrates how mayoring provides more satisfaction and the potential for more achievements—for both the mayor and the governed—than our divisive political system would have us believe. As Philadelphia Magazine wrote after Nutter’s last term, "Mayor Nutter is leaving Philadelphia safer, bigger, better educated at the collegiate level, more cosmopolitan and... more prosperous than he found it... On his watch, millennials and immigrants flooded in, the city’s profile on the world stage grew, and corruption was simply not tolerated." Revealing insights into how effective leadership and problem-solving pragmatism are crucial for success, Nutter’s memoir offers lessons that extend far beyond the local or political level. Filled with humorous anecdotes and actionable advice, Mayor takes readers from routine trash collection to the Phillies’ World Series Win, international trade missions to the Papal visit, and everywhere in between.
Mayor Michael Nutter in the News
As a professor at Columbia University, a Political Contributor on CNN, a Senior Fellow with Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Program, and numerous Fellowships and Advisory positions in academic, political, non-profit and corporate entities, MICHAEL NUTTER is a trusted and insightful voice in the media. Watch his latest appearances:
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Michael Nutter is a vocal education advocate
The 98th Mayor of Philadelphia and current Professor at Columbia University, Michael Nutter is a vocal and celebrated education advocate who has worked to increase school funding, strengthen K-12 programs, and expand college access and success. In Nutter’s eight years as Mayor he made education a top priority and his tenure is marked by both increased education funding and high school and college degree attainment rates. A forward-thinking and innovative leader, Nutter also emphasizes how crucial it is to provide all students with the critical thinking, creativity and skills needed for a 21st century workforce. A proponent of STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Nutter launched STEMcityPHL, an initiative to enhance STEM proficiency and employment in STEM fields, the KEYSPOT network to provide public access computing centers, and the US2020 STEM mentoring program. His innovative programs resulted in Philadelphia being awarded as a Leader in Digital Inclusion and the top place in the CDG’s Digital Cities Survey. Since leaving office, Nutter has remained a dedicated education advocate and works with numerous institutions of higher education beyond Columbia, including as an Executive Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice, as well as a Senior Fellow and Special Advisor to the Dean at the UChicago Harris School of Public Policy. A sought-out voice on how to expand STEAM Education opportunities for all students, regardless of background, Nutter sheds light on how to prepare the next generation of leaders for the workforce of tomorrow.
Michael Nutter provides actionable insights on eco-friendly policymaking and green business
The 98th Mayor of Philadelphia and urban policy innovation advocate Michael Nutter offers actionable insights and forward-thinking strategies on eco-friendly policymaking and green business. During his 2008 inaugural address, Mayor Nutter set an ambitious goal: make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. To execute on his vision, Nutter created the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in his first term, and oversaw the implementation of a bold “Greenworks Philadelphia” plan, which set 15 sustainability targets. In just three years, 89% of the Greenworks initiatives were already complete or underway, and Nutter’s tenure as Mayor is marked by his success in making Philadelphia a shining example of a green city with strategies others could emulate. Among Nutter’s most high-profile successes were the launch of the affordable and accessible Indego bike share system, his Green 2015 plan to transform 500 acres of underused land into publicly accessible green space, and the innovative Green City, Clean Waters program to create a green way to handle stormwater management, which was awarded a National Planning Excellence Award. Since stepping down from office, Nutter has remained an in-demand voice on sustainability, offering both bold inspiration and practical solutions on the climate crisis. Nutter was sought-out to deliver a keynote at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s Executive Leadership Institute, where his powerful remarks garnered tweets of praise, such as: “Thank you @Michael_Nutter for words of encouragement #ELI2017. Kudos to you+ Philly for leadership and action.”
Mayor Nutter is a renowned thought leader on public safety
Serving as a City Council member of Philadelphia for over 14 years and then two terms as Mayor, Michael Nutter is widely heralded as an innovative leader who tackles issues of public safety with determined passion, creativity, and most importantly, results. Named both Governing Magazines “Public Official of the Year” and to Esquires “Americans of the Year” during his tenure as Mayor, Nutter is credited with bringing Philadelphia’s homicide rates down to a 45-year low, violent crime to a 30-year low, and executing major events like the 2015 Papal visit to Philadelphia safely, thanks to his strategic public policy efforts. In 2013, Nutter unveiled what he called the “Sandy Hook Principles,” a list of 20 measures aimed to curb gun violence, and he co-launched an effort called Cities United focused on reducing violence affecting African-American men and boys across the country. His powerfully worded op-ed in TIME “Stopping the Slaughter,” highlights his Cities United work, and he also delivered a National Press Club keynote on the subject, and on how to reduce gun violence. Mayor Nutter also delivered the keynote address on youth violence and safety at a Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative event hosted by Temple University, in which he provided powerfully raw commentary and insightful lessons on how to keep children safe nationwide. Since leaving office, Nutter has remained a vocal thought-leader on how to tackle America’s current public safety crisis. In January 2018, he concluded a two-year term on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and he is a senior advisor with What Work Cities/Bloomberg Philanthropies. He is a professor of Urban and Public Affairs at Columbia University, as well as a regular contributor on CNN. Nutter is a past president of the US Conference of Mayors and he has offered tangible action items, insights, and support following each and every devastating development on the shootings and bombings that continue to shock the nation. Among his recent writings on the subject are: “Black AND Blue Lives Matter, to Everyone,” a headline-making essay; “Violent crime in your city? More cops are not enough,”; and “The NRA Thinks You’re Stupid.” Nutter’s newly-released book “Mayor: The Best Job in Politics” is chock-full of insights on how to pass and enforce effective policy and legislation to keep America safe.
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 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 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 this year, 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. Also in January, Columbia University/SIPA 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. Also in February, 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. In April, Drexel University announced that Mayor Nutter joined the Lebow College of Business as an Executive Fellow in Leadership, working with the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL). In July, Airbnb announced that Mayor Nutter will chair their first ever Mayor’s 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 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, Code for America announced that Mayor Nutter became a Board member. 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. 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 @Michael_Nutter, or through his website WWW.MikeNutterLLC.com.
Mayor 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.