Anthony A. Williams

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Anthony A. Williams "is Chief Executive Officer of Primum Public Realty Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. He co-founded Primum Public Realty Trust in 2007 with FBR as a real estate entity focused on buying and leasing back government and not-for-profit real estate.

"Prior to joining FBR, Mr. Williams served two terms as the fourth Mayor of the District of Columbia from January 1999 through December 2006. While in office, Mayor Williams was elected president of the Washington, DC-based National League of Cities in December 2004. He was elected Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) in January, 2005. Anthony Williams served as the District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from October 1995 through June 1998. As CFO and Mayor, he led the District to financial recovery. Williams restored fiscal accountability for District agencies and balanced the city's budget. His work put the city on track for the return to self-government—two years earlier than projected—and delivered a surplus of $185 million in fiscal year 1997. Under his leadership as CFO and Mayor, the District achieved a remarkable financial recovery, moving from a substantial cumulative deficit to a substantial surplus; from sub-standard debt to investment grade debt; and from a period of disinvestment to a period of substantial influx of investment and citizens to the nation’s capital.

"Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Williams was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first CFO for the US Department of Agriculture as well as a founder and Vice Chairman of the U.S. CFO Council. He served as the Deputy State Comptroller of Connecticut, where he was responsible for the management of 250 separate funds and the state's budget and accounting services. Mr. Williams has also served as Executive Director of the Community Development Agency in St. Louis, Missouri; Assistant Director of the Boston (MA) Redevelopment Authority; and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (NY). He was elected to the New Haven (CT) Board of Aldermen, where he served as President Pro-Tempore. In 1997, Governing Magazine named him Public Official of the Year.

"Mr. Williams graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale College, earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law and a master's degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also served in the US Air Force." [1]

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  1. Anthony A. Williams, Ash Institute, accessed September 19, 2008.
  2. Directors, Alliance for School Choice, accessed September 19, 2008.