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December 22, 2016

Former Mayor Nutter lands another gig to improve government services

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's plans to work inside White House in 2017 may have been dashed this year, but he landed yet another private gig to make government work more efficiently.

Code for America announced Thursday that Philly's 98th mayor was elected to the non-profit organization's board of directors. The non-partisan charity, which was founded in 2011, focuses on implementing the latest technology to improve local government services.

Nutter will advise the organization on how to effectively address problems with food assistance programs, teach individuals legal methods to clear past convictions from their record, and connect citizens with workforce development training.

Code for America praised Nutter for spearheading innovative programs during his tenure mayor to help lower crime, boost sustainability and attract new businesses.

"[Nutter] was one of the first mayors to recognize how transformative a user-centered, iterative, data-driven approach to solving problems with technology can be," said Jennifer Pahlka, the charity's founder and executive director. "He'll help us bring these practices to more governments and the people they serve.”

Before November's election, when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was considered a "shoo-in" to be elected, Nutter had been linked to jobs in her administration. In August, he reportedly was under consideration to be secretary of transportation and secretary of housing and urban development.

After Clinton's defeat, Nutter found an opportunity to add to his already lengthy list of jobs he has secured since leaving Philadelphia City Hall in January 2016.

Nutter currently serves as chairman of Airbnb's Mayoral Advisory Board, a political commentator at CNNprofessor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a member of a the Department of Homeland Security's advisory council.