After taking office in January 2008 as mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter’s goals for Philadelphia have included improving high school graduation and college attainment rates, strengthening community policing through Philly Rising -- a partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the city -- and continuing to implement GreenWorks Philadelphia.

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.

Following the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 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 served almost 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council, before his election as mayor of Philadelphia. He is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.

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