Rebecca Rhynhart made history in 2018 when she was sworn in as the first woman ever elected City Controller for the City of Philadelphia. Rebecca brings nearly a decade of government experience to her role as chief auditor and financial watchdog for the City. After working for seven years in the private sector, Controller Rhynhart left Wall Street in 2008 to help improve Philadelphia, joining Philadelphia government as the appointed City Treasurer. She was promoted to Budget Director in 2010, overseeing the City’s $4.5 billion general fund budget, as well as the budgets for Water, Aviation and Grant Funds. She then served for one year as Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing 11 City departments and functions and the day-to-day functions of 1,000 City employees before deciding to run for office to have a bigger impact on the city she loves.
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.
Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and her office are committed to transparency, accountability, and good government. Her office’s increased utilization of digital tools and mapping better informs Philadelphia residents and businesses about how their tax dollars are spent. From budget complexities to annual audits, her office’s work is data-driven and all findings are made available and accessible to the public.
As Controller, Rebecca Rhynhart brings bold leadership and a vision for a better Philadelphia. Her tenure as Controller has shown her to be a true independent in politics and a disrupter to the status quo.
As Controller, Rebecca Rhynhart serves as Philadelphia’s independent financial watchdog and focuses on the effective and efficient operation of City government by identifying cost savings, recommending best practices and modernization, and exposing fraud and mismanagement.
Rebecca believes the power of the Philadelphia Controller’s Office can be used to push the government to do better for all people and businesses.
In addition to fraud investigations and fiscal audits, under Rebecca’s leadership, the City Controller’s Office has also conducted performance audits including an investigation of the city’s sexual harassment policies and procedures and payouts. Policy analysis that moves beyond the traditional role of the Controller’s office is also an important component of Rebecca’s work. Recent examples of her efforts include an analysis of the economic impact of gun violence and homicides in the City as well as a report that utilized interactive data and mapping to demonstrate the lasting impact of intergenerational structural racism on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.