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 responsible for: (1) providing financial and programmatic support to City Council, including the facilitating of City Council’s annual review of the City’s $9.1 billion operating and $2.6 billion capital budget, $9.5 billion six-year capital program and the strategic five-year plan; (2) managing City Council’s Finance and Budget Team, including overseeing all analyses and reports produced by the team; (3) advising City Council and staff on fiscal matters related to proposed legislation and initiatives; (4) providing strategic guidance on City Council’s annual departmental budget, including forecasting support; (5) serving as the City Council appointee to the City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement; (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; and (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.
Prior to being promoted to Chief Financial Officer, Matthew worked for four years in City Council, most recently as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Before joining the Philadelphia City Council, Matthew also worked at Independence Blue Cross as an Account Support Representative for National Accounts, and at the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter as a Youth Services Coordinator.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Haverford College in 2009, where he competed as an intercollegiate varsity basketball player. He then received his Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Public Finance from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and is currently pursuing his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the Fox School of Business – Temple University. Matthew serves as a Board Member for the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. He also serves on the Board of the Columbia North YMCA, where he chaired the Financial Development and Annual Campaign Committee, and was the recipient of the Association Most Valuable Campaign Chair Award in 2014 and 2015. Matthew also serves as a member of the Audit Committee for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and was recently appointed to serve on the Board of the City of Philadelphia Pension Fund.
Matthew resides in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, where he was born and raised. He was 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.