Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to Join Outward Bound USA Board of Directors

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Mayor Nutter steps into national board position to help advance the Outward Bound USA mission in support of tens of thousands of Outward Bound students across the U.S.

Former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter said, “I could not be more honored or excited to join the Outward Bound USA Board. I wish that every person in America could have some type of Outward Bound experience. Outward Bound changes lives and helps people achieve their true potential.

Outward Bound USA proudly announced today, the appointment of Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia and founding member of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, to the Outward Bound USA Board of Directors.

Outward Bound USA is honored to welcome Mayor Michael Nutter to its national Board of Directors, starting January 2023. Mayor Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of Philadelphia from 2008-2016, after nearly 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council. He holds three honorary doctorates in public service from Drexel University, Saint Joseph's University, and American University. Mayor Nutter maintains active involvement in critical areas of education, media, public policy, political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country, including his service on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Advisory Council and his recent appointment as Chair of the U.S. Treasury Department's inaugural Formal Advisory Committee on Racial Equity.

Mayor Nutter’s history with Outward Bound began on a pulling boat sailing expedition on the Chesapeake Bay in 1992, followed by participation on the first Urban Expedition course in Philadelphia in 2000. In an interview with Outward Bound alumni, Mayor Nutter remarked, “Outward Bound helped to propel me; to give me the confidence to take that first step and to become the Mayor of Philadelphia.” He later shared, “I could not be more honored or excited to join the Outward Bound USA Board. I wish that every person in America could have some type of Outward Bound experience. Outward Bound changes lives and helps people achieve their true potential.”

Together with Nancy Goldenberg and Tim Greenwood, Mayor Nutter is a founding member of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School. In 1992, they envisioned a city-based Outward Bound School dedicated to inspiring Philadelphia’s young people with self-confidence and leadership skills. Today, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School is one of ten regional Schools chartered by Outward Bound USA and serves thousands of Philadelphia youth each year.

“Outward Bound USA is honored by the dedication of national leaders like Michael Nutter who model the tenets of Outward Bound, ‘to serve, to strive and not to yield.’ As we seek to further our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery, I look forward to working together with Michael and the OBUSA Board to expand our reach and to inspire more young people to seek bolder and brighter futures,” said Ginger Naylor, CEO of Outward Bound USA.

Mayor Nutter steps into this national board position as Outward Bound USA concludes its 60th year as a pioneering leader in outdoor experiential education in the U.S., serving over 1 million students in its history. Today, the outdoor education leader has programs in over 50 locations spanning awe-inspiring city, state, and national parks, public lands, and wilderness settings across the country. Tens of thousands of students participate in Outward Bound courses each year. They offer both single and multi-day experiences ranging from 4-day to 80-day wilderness expeditions and gap year programs from sailing the Maine Coast to backpacking in the Colorado Rockies and whitewater rafting in the Northwest. Regional Outward Bound Schools serve thousands of those students right in their own backyards. Through partnerships with schools, youth-serving organizations, and other local groups, Outward Bound Schools also offer programs in city and state parks and action learning courses at base camp locations.

Outward Bound USA implements and upholds high program standards and guidelines to achieve consistency, quality, and integrity. These practices enable them to provide industry-leading safety and risk management, outcomes-based research and program innovation, and brand and marketing communications strategy and support. Through national fundraising, partner relationships, financial stewardship, and management, Outward Bound USA embodies its mission to change lives through challenge and discovery and its vision for a more resilient and compassionate world.

Outward Bound’s work inspires young people and students of all ages to believe in themselves, discovering there are no limits to what they can accomplish for themselves, their communities, and the world.

In 2021, Outward Bound:

  • Served over 23,000 students across the U.S.
  • Ran 1,000+ courses (from 1-day programming to semester-long courses)
  • Partnered with over 400 local schools and community-based organizations
  • Maintained industry leadership in safety and risk management

Outward Bound USA is excited to have Mayor Nutter step into this leadership position, to advance their mission and support Outward Bound Schools and thousands of their students across the U.S.

To support our work, please consider partnering with Outward Bound USA or a donation to our annual fund.


Outward Bound USA is the nonprofit leader in outdoor education programs that allows young people to explore their personal potential, since 1962. From expeditions in some of the most remote locations in the U.S. to programs in local schools and neighborhoods, young people nationwide are cultivating a passion for learning, and discovering greater success in school, work, and life. More information is available at

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