Matthew Stitt serves as Chief Financial Officer for the City Council of Philadelphia in the Office of the President. As Chief Financial Officer, Matthew is a key member of City Council’s senior staff, and is responsible for: (1) providing financial and programmatic support to City Council, including the facilitating of City Council’s annual review of the City’s $9.5 billion operating budget, $3.0 billion capital budget, $10.8 billion six-year capital program and the strategic five-year plan; (2) overseeing the forecasting of City Council’s annual departmental budget of over $17.7 million; (3) advising City Council and staff on fiscal matters related to proposed legislation and initiatives; (4) managing City Council’s Finance and Budget Team; (5) serving as the City Council appointee to the City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement, the Accounts Review Panel, the Rebuild Project User Prequalification Selection Committee, and, most recently, the City of Philadelphia Intergovernmental Reconciliation Task Force; (6) carrying out the duties of the Chief Financial Officer as defined in the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the School District of Philadelphia; (7) acting as a liaison in regards to certain State and Federal budget matters; (8) coordinating and staffing Committee hearings and internal working groups analyzing the City’s fiscal stability, overall financial health, and other relevant financial policies and/or initiatives; and, (9) assisting in departmental governance matters – including key employee transitions, internal policy development, and the departmental IT function.
In addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer for the City Council of Philadelphia, Matthew also instructs part-time as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government – Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program.
Matthew serves as a Board Member for the regional Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, where he is a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. In addition to his board service for the YMCA, Matthew was recently elected to serve on the Board of Managers at Haverford College on July 1, 2019 – as a Young Alumni Association Member, for a term of three years. Matthew also recently served on the Audit Committee for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology from Haverford College, in 2009, where he competed as an intercollegiate varsity basketball player. He then received his Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania – Fels Institute of Government, in 2012, and his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Temple University – Fox School of Business, in 2018, where he received the Distinguished Scholar Award.
Matthew currently resides in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with his fiancée. He has been selected as one of Philadelphia’s “40 Under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, one of Pennsylvania’s 40 Under 40 – Rising Stars – by City and State PA, one of 10 People Under 40 to Watch in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Tribune, and as a “Connector and Keeper” by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia.
Robert McDermott serves as a Financial Policy Analyst for the City Council of Philadelphia in the Office of the President. As an analyst, Robert is responsible for: (1) analyzing and reporting on the overall fiscal health of the City; (2) advising and providing analysis to City Council on budgetary matters and legislation; (3) providing support during the budget approval process.
Prior to his time in City Council, Robert attended Temple University, where he received two Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science (2013). While pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, Robert worked with the Tacony-Tookany-Frankford Watershed Partnership on a project examining the efficacy of the City’s policy changes in relation to the overall health of the watershed. In his last year as a graduate student, Robert was accepted into the City Council Fellowship Program, where he worked on GIS and urban planning related projects.
Robert resides in Port Richmond, and is an adjunct professor at Temple University.