Fitzroy Lee serves as deputy chief financial officer and chief economist for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). He was appointed to this position in October 2009. He served as chief financial officer of the District of Columbia from March 2021 to July 2022, when he was appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council to serve out the rest of the term of the previous CFO. In this role, he managed the District government’s finances, including its approximately $18.4 billion gross funds operating budget, of which $10.7 billion is generated from local and dedicated revenue sources. He also managed the city’s $9.0 billion capital improvements plan budget. Lee began his career with the OCFO in 2001 as the director of Revenue Estimation.
Previously, Lee was an assistant professor of economics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to that he worked for the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he co-authored a paper on the efficacy of user-fees for funding the meat inspection program.
Lee has published papers on revenue forecasting and tax policy in nationally recognized academic journals. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Tax Association and the National Economist Club.
He earned his doctorate in economics at The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and holds a bachelor's degree in applied physics and computer science from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica).