Mayor Anthony A. Williams

Mayor of Washington, D.C.

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, Williams restored fiscal accountability for District agencies, and balanced the city‘s budget, which put the District on a track for the return to self government two years earlier than projected. Having stabilized the city‘s financial management, Williams resigned as CFO in June to run for mayor.

Prior to joining the District government, 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. 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.

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 (

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