Rebecca Rhynhart, City Controller (full length bio)
In January 2018, Rebecca Rhynhart made history when she was sworn in as City Controller for the City of Philadelphia, the first woman ever to hold the position. As City Controller, she is committed to using a positive, results-oriented approach with City departments. She will work to restore the public’s trust in government – good government – that works for the people. She will audit every department, every year to cut waste and root out fraud and mismanagement, as well as to recommend modernization tactics and best practices that could result in millions of dollars of savings annually.
Controller Rhynhart brings nearly a decade of government experience to her role as chief auditor and financial watchdog for the City. After working as a Director in the Public Finance Division of Fitch Ratings and as a Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co., Controller Rhynhart left wall street to help improve her hometown, joining Mayor Nutter’s Administration as City Treasurer where she managed the City’s debt portfolio, in 2008. She moved on to oversee the City’s $8.1 billion operating and $4 billion general fund budgets, as well as the budgets for Water, Aviation and grant Funds, as the City’s Budget Director. In that role, Rebecca helped lead Philadelphia through economic recovery from the Great Recession. In recognition of her work, she was awarded a “40 Under 40” designation by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Most recently, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney where she was charged with making government more modern and more efficient. In total, she oversaw 11 City departments and the day-to-day functions of 1,000 City employees.
Rebecca has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College. Born and raised in the Philadelphia region, Rebecca currently resides in Center City with her daughter and husband.