Uri Monson is chief financial officer for Montgomery County. He is former executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). He writes about public finance and governance. In 2009, he was named as the outstanding "Wonk" in the Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" issue while serving with PICA. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University, a bachelor of arts degree in Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. Uri lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, Rebekah, and their children, Shoshana, Ariel and Eitan.
Most people describe you as…"the C. F. No"
People would be surprised to know that … I had a ponytail in college.
What is your drink of choice? Diet Strawberry Snapple
Where is your happy place? October 29, 2008
What is your biggest regret? Never learning to hit a curve ball.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I had a better singing voice.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
• At work: Completing an overhaul of the Montgomery County budget in one year, using a Zero Based Budgeting approach, resulting in a transparent and honest budget.
• In Life: Raising (with my wife) three intellectually curious children.
Which trait do you most value in another person? A sense of humor, particularly the ability to laugh at themselves.
If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln.
Favorite movie? My Favorite Year and almost any Mel Brooks movie.
What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession? Game of Thrones.
What is your guilty pleasure? A Ben and Jerry's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milk Shake.
I believe in… working to make the world better for my children and future generations.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Independence Hall, 1776.
What is your motto or inspiration? "If I am not for myself who will be for me, but if I am only for myself what am I, and if not now, when?"