Michael Nutter

Fall 2020
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Visiting Fellow

Michael Nutter has served as Chair of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee since 2021.

He served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

Mayor Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu recently launched Cities United, an initiative --  in affiliation with the National League of Cities -- dedicated to creating partnerships between cities, non-profits, and others to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys.

Mayor Nutter is a past President of the United States Conference of Mayors as well as the Pennsylvania Municipal League, an organization that brings together municipal officials from across Pennsylvania to advance policy initiatives. During the Obama Administration, Nutter served on My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council. In 2020, he was elected to the Advisory Board of the African American Mayors Association and the Board of the Urban Institute.

While at the IOP as a Visiting Fellow in 2018 – 2019, Mayor Nutter remained the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University.

Mayor Nutter has been a political commentator for CNN and PBS Newshour, and is a Senior Fellow and national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program through Bloomberg Philanthropies. He is a life-long Philadelphian from West Philadelphia and was educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mayor Nutter is married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia. 

Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this person was affiliated with the Institute of Politics.