Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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August 4, 2017

The Independent CFO in Washington, DC and Change Leadership

The session will provide an overview of the unique history and roles and responsibilities of the District of Columbia’s independent Chief Financial Officer and the opportunities it provides for change management in government.  

The independent CFO is a position created out of the functional bankruptcy of the District in the mid-1990s and is a remnant of the Congressional appointed Control Board.  

The position is appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the District Council, and approved by Congress to serve a five- year term and provides all areas of financial oversight for the District.

The focus of the discussion will provide an overview of how the experiences of good government - from lessons learned in Phoenix, Arizona - are being applied to Washington, D.C.   

During his 24-year tenure in Phoenix, Arizona, the city was a five-time recipient of the All American City Award and two-time winner of the Carl Bertelsmann Award for being the best-run city government in the world.

Mr. DeWitt will share experiences in defining strategic objectives, strategic initiatives and the development of an overall strategic plan for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). 

This has led to the necessity to change to a culture based on accountability and continuous improvement.   

Culture change is very difficult in any business and can be even more challenging in government.  

The steps, experiences, and results of the journey over the past three years of culture change, driven by new technology, new business processes, training,  and change management needs, will be discussed as the OCFO strives to be a best-in-class financial organization for District government.  

Take-Aways From This Session:

Critical elements of successful organizational cultural change

What are the drivers of cultural change in an organization 

      Lessons-learned which are applicable to private sector

About Our Facilitator: 


                    Jeffery S. DeWitt

Jeffrey S. DeWitt is the chief financial officer (CFO) for the District of Columbia and is responsible for the District’s finances, including its approximately $13.8 billion budget, the majority of which ($8.2 billion) is generated from local revenue sources. He also manages the city’s $6.6 billion capital improvement plan budget. 

Mr. DeWitt was appointed to this position by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and confirmed by the city council to complete Natwar M. Gandhi’s five-year term through June 2017. Mr. DeWitt was reappointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and confirmed by the District Council for a full term through June 2022.

As the independent CFO, Mr. DeWitt manages the District’s financial operations, which include more than 1,000 staff members in the tax and revenue administration; the treasury, comptroller and budget offices; the DC Lottery, economic/fiscal analysis and revenue estimation functions, and all District agencies. 

In addition, Mr. DeWitt provides financial management and oversight of the United Medical Center, the University of the District of Columbia, and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (EventsDC). 

He is also responsible for coordinating with congressional committees and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget staff that oversee District affairs. He regularly interacts with the financial community, including rating agencies, regarding the District’s financial matters.

Previously, Mr. DeWitt served as CFO for the city of Phoenix, the 6th largest city in the United States, with a $3.4 billion annual budget and nearly 15,000 employees. There he managed a $7 billion debt portfolio and more than $2 billion in investments. He was a member of the City of Phoenix Employees Retirement Board, the Phoenix Community Development Investment Corporation, the Phoenix Downtown Hotel Corporation and Arena Development Board.

As CFO for the District of Columbia, Mr. DeWitt sits on the boards of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (EventsDC) and Destination DC.

Jeffrey DeWitt is a member of the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), Association of Government Accountants (AGA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

He holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Contact Information:

Jeff DeWitt
Chief Financial Officer

Government of the District of Columbia

Phone: 202-727-2476

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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem-solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.