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In The Arena

Aug 20, 2019

People thought Rebecca Rhynhart was crazy when she decided to run for Philadelphia controller. At the time, the city never had a woman in the position. Rhynhart also did not have a traditional political background, working on Wall Street for seven years before transitioning to city government. In Philadelphia, she took on the role of city treasurer, budget director and chief administrative officer prior to jumping into the controller race.

Despite the doubts, Rhynhart shocked thepolitical establishment by ousting a three-term incumbent to become the city’s first female controller in 2018.
Now, she’s shaking up the old-school political climate by auditing public spending and identifying ways to help taxpayers get the most for their money.

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