Rebecca Rhynhart, City Controller
Rebecca Rhynhart made history in 2018 when she was sworn in as the first woman ever elected City Controller for the City of Philadelphia. As City Controller, Rebecca is committed to the efficient and effective operation of Philadelphia government, auditing every department, every year and using a positive, results-oriented approach with City departments. She is working to restore the public’s trust in government – good government – that works for the people by identifying waste and mismanagement, rooting out fraud, and recommending best practices that could result in millions of dollars of savings annually.
During her first two years in office, she pressed the City to strengthen internal controls over financial reporting after finding Philadelphia had the worst internal controls of the top ten largest cities. She met with department heads to help them better understand departmental audit findings and recommendations to resolve them. Rebecca pushed the City to create a centralized unit to receive, investigate and resolve sexual misconduct cases in response to the office’s performance audit of sexual misconduct policies and procedures. Additionally, the office investigated the procurement process for the City’s new voting systems, which resulted in the City receiving its largest penalty payment in its history. Under her leadership, the office reviewed the diversity of the City’s exempt workforce, regularly released data sets about City spending, and more. In 2020, she was selected to join the Accelerator for America Advisory Council.
Rebecca 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 Philadelphia, joining Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as City Treasurer, in 2008. She moved on to serve as budget director, overseeing the City’s $4 billion general fund budget, as well as the budgets for Water, Aviation and Grant Funds. In that role, she helped lead Philadelphia through economic recovery from the Great Recession. Most recently, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney. As such, she was charged with making government more modern and more efficient. In total, she oversaw 11 City departments and functions 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.