Mayor Michael A. Nutter, W’79

2015 Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, W’79
Mayor of Philadelphia

Sworn in for a second term on January 2, 2012 as Mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America’s fifth largest city – devising the City’s innovative school reform strategy, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Since 2008, municipal government has reduced energy usage by seven percent and increased alternative energy usage citywide from 2.5 to 14 percent.

Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Nutter has vigorously managed city government through the worst recession since the Great Depression by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending – most notably closing a $2.4 billion gap in Philadelphia’s five year plan without compromising a single police officer, fire fighter, sanitation, or health center worker. In June 2013, City Council passed the Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative, the City’s first property assessment system overhaul, transforming it into a more fair, accurate and understandable system.

In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his year-long 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 promoting the development of effective national urban/ suburban policy; strengthening federal-city relationships; and ensuring that federal policy meets urban needs.

Following the December 14th, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and responding to a lack of congressional action addressing gun violence, Mayor Nutter launched the Sandy Hook Principles, a corporate code of conduct designed to encourage responsible behavior among businesses involved with the gun manufacturing industry. In affiliation with the National League of Cities, Mayor Nutter also 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.

Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Nutter has been committed to public service since his youth in West Philadelphia. He served almost 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council, earning the reputation of a reformer, before his election as Mayor of Philadelphia. He is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.