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Anthony Williams

MEMBER SINCE: 2004

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Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization which serves as a catalyst for progress in the Nation’s Capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant to the firm McKenna Long and Aldridge, with particular emphasis on its municipal restructuring practice. During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington D.C., restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, serving on the board of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Federal City Council
2012
Present
Creator
City Palooza
2017
Present
Contributing Writer
CityLab
2017
Present
Senior Advisor
King and Spalding LLC
2016
Present
Trustee
National Geographic
2016
Present
Adjunct Professor/Senior Advisor to Ash Center on Democracy and Innovation in Government
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
2009
2012
Mayor
Government of the District of Columbia
1999
2007
Director of State and Municipal Practice
Arent Fox LLP
Chief Executive Officer
Properties Realty Investment Trust, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
Government of the District of Columbia
Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deputy State Comptroller
State of Connecticut
Executive Director
Community Development Agency, St. Louis, Missouri
Assistant Director
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Primary Policy Areas

Primary Sector of Expertise

Local

Primary Functions