The Visiting Fellows program brings veterans of public life to campus for a limited number of events.
The program is designed to provide short-term engagement with the student community, particularly undergraduate students.
2018 Visiting Fellows (co-leading a study group entited Politics, Potholes, and Public Service):
Mitch Landrieu served as the 61st mayor of New Orleans (2010-2018) where he was credited with turning the city around following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. He recently launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund to work to bring people together across the South around the issues of race, equity, economic opportunity and violence.
Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter is a past President of the United States Conference of Mayors as well as the Pennsylvania Municipal League. In January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security appointmented him to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He also serves on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council. While at the IOP, Mayor Nutter will remain the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University.
Antonio Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. He was elected President of the American Federation of Government Employees, a local union representing employees who enforced civil rights laws in five states. Over the next fifteen years, he continued to work as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, United Teachers Los Angeles and then served as President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State Assembly and three years later, was elected Assembly Speaker. In 2005, he was sworn in as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. As Mayor of Los Angeles. Villaraigosa was a candidate for Governor of California in 2018.