Michael A. Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia and Wharton alumnus, in conversation with the Associated Press' Race and Ethnicity writer Errin Haines Whack discussing "Mayor: The Best Job in Politics"
In 2007, after serving almost fifteen years on the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter became the ninety-eighth mayor of his hometown of Philadelphia. From the time he was sworn in until he left office in 2016, there were triumphs and challenges, from the mundane to the unexpected, from snow removal, trash collection, and drinkable water, to the Phillies' World Series win, Hurricane Irene, Occupy Philadelphia, and the Papal visit.
Detailing the important tasks that mayoral administrations do, Nutter tells the compelling story of a dedicated staff working together to affect positively the lives of the people of Philadelphia every day. His anecdotes, advice, and insights will excite and interest anyone with a desire to understand municipal government.
Michael A. Nutter was elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 2007 and served two terms. Esquire magazine named him in 2011 to its Americans of the Year list, and he was named a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine in 2014. He is Senior School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) Executive Fellow at the Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR) and is the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Dr. Mark Alan Hughes is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design and founding Faculty Director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. He is also the founding Faculty Director of the Fels Policy Research Initiative at Penn's School of Arts and Sciences. He has published in the leading journals of economic geography, urban economics, political science, policy analysis, and won the National Planning Award for his research in city and regional planning. Hughes was Chief Policy Adviser to Mayor Michael A. Nutter and founding Director of Sustainability for the City of Pennsylvania, where he led the creation of the Greenworks Plan.