Mayor Michael A. Nutter

  Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America's fifth largest city. Mayor Nutter has implemented a crime-fighting plan that has sharply reduced the violent crime rate, an education strategy to increase the high school graduation rate to 80 percent by 2015 and a sustainability plan that will make the City of Philadelphia the greenest city in America. He has vigorously managed city government through a deep recession, taken advantage of federal recovery funding to create new green-collar jobs and established a customer-friendly 311 system. Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 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.