The Center for Science in the Public Interest announced today that former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will join its board of directors.
After serving almost 15 years on the City Council, Nutter was elected as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia in 2007 and was reelected for a second term in 2011. Under Mayor Nutter’s leadership, Philadelphia enacted one of the earliest local laws requiring calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, laying the groundwork for a national menu-labeling law. And in 2012, Nutter signed legislation to improve nutrition standards for all city-funded food services.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael Nutter to our board of directors,” said Lisa Heinzerling, chair of CSPI’s board. “Mayor Nutter was one of the first mayors who stood up against the soda industry to protect the health of his constituents. He is a proven leader who brings a wealth of public service experience and offers the important big city perspective that is often missing from the national conversation around food policy.”
“I am looking forward to working with CSPI on initiatives to protect consumers, advocate for policies that prioritize health and safety, and counter the food industry’s powerful grip on public policy,” said Nutter.
Currently, Nutter serves in multiple active roles around government and civic life, including as Senior Advisor at Dentons US LLP Public Policy group and a member of its Local Government Solutions team, as Senior Advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities program, as the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and in Senior Fellowships at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.