Urban Labs Former Philadelphia Mayor Joins UChicago Urban Labs in New Role
UChicago News Office / August 8, 2016
By Mark Peters and Matt Smith
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter is joining the University of Chicago Urban Labs to help guide strategy and growth as an executive fellow—a new role for the organization, which is dedicated to addressing challenges faced by cities through evidence-based policymaking.
Nutter was mayor of the nation’s fifth-most populous city until January 2016 when he reached his term limit. He brings more than two decades of policymaking experience to the executive fellow role, including 14-plus years on the Philadelphia City Council and a term as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
“My eight years as mayor of Philadelphia gave me the opportunity to work with communities to tackle challenges ranging from poverty and education to public safety and sustainability,” said Nutter, whose new role was announced Aug. 8. “We made incredible progress, but there is still a great amount of work needed to solve the problems that cities face. Urban Labs uses science, data and evidence-based programs to inform and develop urban policy for the biggest impact possible. I’m excited to be a part of promoting the use of evidence to make cities across the country smarter, safer, healthier places to live.”