Philadelphia, December 9, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Richard Negrin, Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination, will be leaving the City for a new position at a Philadelphia law firm.
“Rich Negrin has been an outstanding public servant and leader in the Administration. He’s tackled major issues like property assessments, vacant land, voting and much more as Deputy Mayor and Managing Director,” Mayor Michael A. Nutter said. “He has helped this Administration find innovative solutions to long-standing problems and Philadelphians have garnered tremendous value through his work.”
As Deputy Mayor/ Managing Director, Negrin has championed neighborhoods and innovation in City government. He led the creation of the first Municipal Innovation Lab and Innovation Academy, the city’s new cloud-based and mobile Philly311 system and created the City’s first Center of Excellence, bringing best practices in Project Management, Organizational Development and Performance Management to City government. He also oversaw the development and implementation of PhillyRising, a first of its kind neighborhood initiative that is changing quality of life in many of Philadelphia’s challenged neighborhoods and is being replicated in other cities.
“It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to my role as Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia,” said Mr. Negrin. “I have been honored and humbled by this experience and will always carry fond memories of the dedicated public servants and citizens I worked with to make Philadelphia better.”
Under his direction, the Managing Director’s Office cluster has earned numerous awards for its work, including the 2012 White House Champions of Change Award for Local Innovation, the 2012 Community Policing Award for Community Governance from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the 2014 and 2015 World Festival and Event City Award from the International Festival and Events Association, the 2014 Digital Cities Award from Government Technology, and the 2013 Big Vision Award for the 311 Mobile App.
Negrin has also been personally recognized for his leadership, earning many honors including the National Latino Lawyer of the Year Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association, NeighborWorks America’s Visionary Leadership Award and the Community Champion Award from the Friends of the Free Library.
Following his service in the Nutter Administration, Negrin will become a Partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, a full-service law firm headquartered in Philadelphia. In his new role, he will focus on advising businesses, governments and non-profits on important policy and regulatory issues that impact their daily business operations.
Negrin said he’s personally committed to helping nurture the next generation of leaders in Philadelphia. He is currently working with the Fels Institute of Government at Penn to develop a pair of courses on community engagement and building resilient neighborhoods and on driving innovation and organizational change in government. He will continue to work on the issue of gun violence plaguing many neighborhoods. He will join the Board of Ceasefire PA and continue to aid it in its mission to enact common sense gun laws.