Announcing Our Mayoral Advisory Board

Today, we are announcing the formation of a new Mayoral Advisory Board, the latest step in our ongoing commitment to work cooperatively with cities across the globe. The Mayoral Advisory Board will initially be comprised of four former mayors from a diverse range of cities and backgrounds:

Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, U.S.

Francesco Rutelli, former mayor of Rome, Italy

Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston, U.S.

Stephen Yarwood, former lord mayor of Adelaide, Australia

In 2015, Airbnb launched the Community Compact, a commitment based on our core principles and informed by the lessons we’ve learned about how best to partner with cities. At the heart of the Compact are three commitments:

  • We are committed to treating every city personally and helping ensure our community pays its fair share of hotel and tourist taxes.
  • We are committed to being transparent with our data and information with cities to help them understand the home sharing activity in their city.
  • In cities where there is a shortage of long-term housing, we are committed to working with our community to prevent short-term rentals from impacting the availability of long term housing by ensuring hosts agree to a policy of listing only permanent homes on a short-term basis.

Inspired by our Compact commitments, we have structured partnerships with a diverse and ever-growing range of dynamic global cities – from London to Philadelphia, Sydney to Florence, Hamburg to Havana, Amsterdam to Tasmania, Paris to Dubai, Milan to San Jose and many more. And earlier this month, Airbnb sponsored the 84th U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Summer Meeting in Indianapolis, where Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs Chris Lehane addressed the conference and outlined the ways Airbnb can be a powerful partner to cities worldwide.

The Mayoral Advisory Board, chaired by Mayor Nutter, will convene on a quarterly basis, meeting with Airbnb staff across a wide range of departments and providing guidance on how Airbnb can continue strengthening partnerships with cities worldwide. The mayors will review Airbnb policies, provide feedback on upcoming Airbnb products and initiatives, and provide Airbnb with valuable insights gained from years leading some of the world’s greatest cities.

Mayor Michael Nutter, who will serve as the Chair of the Board, is a native of West Philadelphia, served as Philadelphia’s mayor from 2008 to 2016, and was the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2012 to 2013. Prior to his eight-year tenure as Mayor, he served on the Philadelphia City Council.

“After leading Philadelphia to pass some of the most progressive home sharing rules in the country, I know firsthand the tremendous economic impact of empowering everyday people to turn their greatest expense — their housing — into an economic opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Airbnb to help other cities embrace home sharing,” says Mayor Nutter.

Mayor Francesco Rutelli served as mayor of Rome, Italy from 1993-2001 and later served as Italy’s Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2006-2008. Rutelli chairs the Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize and also chairs the Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile, a bipartisan think tank on climate change and environmental issues.

“How can we improve the options for people who love to travel and for hosts who want to share their experiences? How can we help assure transparency, safety, a fair rules around home-sharing? These are big projects, and they come at a time when hundreds of millions of travelers are discovering the living universe of our magnificent, fragile, resilient cities. That’s why I decided to join this advisory board and help shape policies for our urban future,” says Mayor Rutelli.

Mayor Annise Parker served as mayor of Houston, Texas, from 2010-2016, only the 10th woman and first openly LGBT mayor of a major American city. Prior to her six years leading the city, Parker served on the city council and as city controller.

“Airbnb allows individuals to safely and conveniently maximize the value of their greatest asset, while also working with cities to address unique local regulatory needs,” says Mayor Parker.

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood was the Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide in South Australia from 2010-2014, and is also a host on Airbnb (check out his listing here). Stephen was the youngest Lord Mayor of any Australian Capital City in history.

“I’m delighted to be part of a movement that will influence how cities transform their operating system in the 21 Century. Technology is changing how communities connect and Airbnb is at the forefront of positive change and empowerment,” says Mayor Yarwood.