Public Policy, State and Local Budgeting


Robert McDermott has served as Chief Financial Officer for the City Council of Philadelphia since December of 2020. As CFO, Robert is responsible for managing the budget approval process, advising and providing analysis to City Council on budgetary matters and legislation, and staffing numerous boards and committees. These include the Board of Pensions, the Philadelphia Accelerator Fund, Election Steering Committee, Violence Prevention and Opportunities Monitoring Group, and the COVID Recovery Committee.

Prior to his time in City Council, Robert attended Temple University, where he received two Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science (2013). While pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, Robert worked with the Tacony-Tookany-Frankford Watershed Partnership on a project examining the impact of litter mitigation strategies in relation to the overall health of the TTF watershed. In his last year as a graduate student, Robert was accepted into the City Council Fellowship Program, working on numerous budgetary and spatial analysis projects.

Courses Taught

  • PLCY 8128: State and Local Budgeting