The Hon. Michael A. Nutter
Chairman, Council of Mayors
The Hon. Michael A. Nutter is a Partner in the Cities practice and Chairman of the Council of Mayors at RIDGE-LANE LP.
Michael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his Philadelphia, after serving 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council. At his inaugural address, Mayor Nutter pledged to lower crime, improve educational attainment rates, make Philadelphia the most sustainable 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.
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, the population grew every year, 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, the economy demonstrated significant growth, and more than $11.5 billion of economic development projects have been launched.
Mayor Nutter served 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. He represented strengthening federal-city relationships and promoting the development of effective national urban policy.
Mayor Nutter is a Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, a Senior Fellow at Bloomberg Philanthropies, an Advisory Board Member of Urban Labs at University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution. He holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.