Christy Brady is not the first female City Controller in Philadelphia, but she is the first to spend her entire career in the Controller’s Office, where she was elected to the position she had been temporarily holding since 2022.
Brady resides in Northeast Philadelphia and brings nearly three decades of experience. She was elected to the position in the November general elections, competing against Republican Aáron Bashir.
During her campaign, she highlighted the challenges the city faces, including crime rates, the drug epidemic, and children falling behind in schools.
“We also have issues with the city’s enforcement of building code violations, and developers misclassifying workers as independent contractors, resulting in millions of dollars in unpaid licenses and permits, as well as the loss of payroll taxes and wages related to these unsafe practices.”
Brady is steeped in significant experience in the Philadelphia Controller’s Office. She has dedicated her career to protecting citizens from fraud, waste, and abuse while enhancing the effectiveness of government operations.
She began her career as an entry-level auditor and rose to the position of Deputy Controller for Audit, becoming the first woman to hold that title and lead the office’s largest division.
As Deputy Controller for Audit, she oversaw a professional team conducting financial, performance, and compliance audits for various city departments and agencies.
She was appointed interim City Controller by Mayor Jim Kenney on November 7, 2022, following the resignation of Rebecca Rhynhart, the city’s first female Controller. During that time, she managed the operations of the Controller’s Office, including the divisions of pre-audit, investigations and finance, policies, and data.
Brady will hold the position until 2026
As the independent fiscal oversight body for the city government, the City Controller position is typically elected two years after the mayor and City Council. However, Rhynhart’s resignation, who ran in the primaries for mayor, triggered special elections where the winner will serve the remainder of the term, concluding in early 2026.
After three months in the role, Brady resigned to run for the position. “I have dedicated my career to protecting the citizens of Philadelphia from fraud, waste, and abuse and improving the effectiveness of government operations.”
Brady is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Local Government Accountants (AGA).
The Democrat, who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now known as Jefferson University, is not only a wife and mother of three but also plays soccer in a women’s league in Parkwood.