Rebecca Rhynhart is a bold, independent leader who’s been fighting to move Philadelphia forward, because she believes that our people deserve a government as great as they are.
Rebecca is running for mayor because Philadelphia is at a critical moment. We’re facing challenges unlike any we’ve ever seen before.
Like so many, Rebecca is fed up with politics as usual in Philadelphia, but she knows we can turn our city around with bold leadership, practical problem solving, and fresh ideas. She’ll take on the status quo to stand up for what’s right – even if others are silent. Because change can’t wait.
Rebecca made history by becoming the first woman elected to serve as city controller. As city controller, she served as the people’s watchdog, shining a light on the corruption, waste, and misuse of taxpayer dollars that hold us back, and pushing to invest in what’s needed to make our city work. She made the controller’s office a voice for the people. Rebecca knows bringing about change and greater equality throughout our city starts with transparency and tackling hard truths. She believes that we need to understand the problems in order to fix them.
As the independently elected city controller, Rebecca showed that she is Philadelphia’s most prominent reformer, refusing to back down from the toughest fights to help every neighborhood and every Philadelphian. She pushed the mayor and his administration to implement solutions to our city’s challenges — but was all too often met with apathy and indifference. As mayor, she’ll take the action our city needs — putting these solutions in place and leading operations to actually fix our city’s problems.
Rebecca will fight to strengthen all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods — because everyone deserves a fair shot to get ahead. That means tackling gun violence, and making our city safer, cleaning up our streets, making trash pick-up on-time, and cracking down on illegal dumping, urgently fixing our public schools to give all of our children the real chance to reach their potential, ensuring greater equity in city services across Philadelphia
and providing economic opportunities so that our city government truly works for every neighborhood.
Before being elected controller, Rebecca spent nearly a decade working with two different mayors.
She held the key financial roles of City Treasurer and Budget Director. Rebecca understands how the city of Philadelphia government works and doesn’t work better than anyone, making her ready on day one as mayor to give Philadelphians the bold and fearless leadership they deserve.
Rebecca is a proud public-school parent. She fights for Philadelphia so her daughter and all of Philadelphia’s children can live and thrive in a vibrant world class city.
Rebecca has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.