Mayor Michael Nutter

What Works Cities Senior Adviser


Michael A. Nutter served as Mayor of Philadelphia from 2008 through January 2016. During his tenure, Mayor Nutter championed the use of data and evidence and performance-based governance. He established strategic goals with measurable targets to drive the work of city agencies, launched PhillyStat, Philadelphia’s performance management system, and established Philadelphia’s open data policy in 2012, one of the first large cities to adopt such a policy. In 2015, he spearheaded the redesign of OpenDataPhilly, the city’s open data portal, increasing access to data sets including crime data, property assessments and campaign finance. In 2015, he also announced the implementation of the new Philly 311 customer service system enabling citizens to submit service requests, view city information and engage with local organizations by phone, the web, an app, social media or in person. He is currently a professor of professional practice in urban policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

As a What Works Cities Senior Adviser, Mayor Nutter serves as a national spokesperson for this work and an advisor to current mayors. He also provides advice and strategic support to participating cities, focusing on taking action and community engagement efforts.