Washington, District of Columbia , United States
|| July 28, 1951
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Aug 13, 2009 01:12am
|Info||Anthony A. Williams served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the District of Columbia from October 1995 to June 1998. Appointed by Mayor Marion Barry to lead the District to financial recovery, Mr. Williams restored fiscal accountability for District agencies, balanced the city's budget, which put the District on a track for the return to self government two years earlier than projected, and delivered a surplus of $185 million in fiscal year 1997. |
Having stabilized the city�s financial management, Mr. Williams resigned as CFO in June to run for mayor. Mr. Williams brought extensive experience in management and strategic planning to his role as the District�s independent CFO. Under his leadership, the District achieved significant improvements in cash management, budget execution and revenue collections.
Prior to joining the District government, Mr. Williams was the first Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Responsible for an agency budget of $62.3 billion, Mr. Williams provided financial management and oversight for 29 federal agencies, 75 foreign country operations and approximately 2,500 county-based offices in the United States. In addition, he was responsible for the National Finance Center, a facility providing financial services to a large section of the federal government. He served as vice chairman for legislation of the U.S. CFO Council.
Mr. Williams also served as the Deputy State Comptroller of Connecticut, where he was responsible for the management of 250 separate funds, the state's budget and accounting services, as well as the state's financial information and retirement systems.
Mr. Williams was the Executive Director of the Community Development Agency in St. Louis, Assistant Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He was elected to the New Haven Board of Aldermen, where he served as President Pro-Tempore.
Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Williams is the adopted son of Virginia and the late Louis Williams and is one of eight children. Mr. Williams served in the 354th Tactical Fighter wing during his service in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Yale College, where he graduated magna cum laude; a juris doctorate from Harvard Law and a master�s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Williams is a member of several environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Audubon Society and is active in the Government Finance Officers Association and Association of Government Accountants.
He and his wife, Diane, live in Ward 2. They have one daughter, Asantewa Foster.