Phillip is a veteran lobbyist with a stellar reputation as a consummate professional among legislators on both sides of the aisle from having nearly two decades of working on a wide range of issues and interests in the Oregon Legislature.
He brings to the APANO 501c4 board expertise in community relations, political communications, and legislative coalition building at state and local levels that help clients meet their goals whether they are funding needs or policy initiatives. He is known among his colleagues for his integrity, passion and mission driven approach to government relations.
Phillip is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for the public affairs firm Strategies 360. Prior to that heled Oregon Food Bank’s state advocacy program where he was successful in acquiring public funds and advancing policies to fight hunger. As the chief lobbyist for Oregon’s most populated and diverse county, Multnomah, he played key roles in state and federal efforts in 2009 to replace a critical bridge in the Portland metro region. In 2006, he brought the religious community into a broad-based effort led by then-state representative Jeff Merkley that reined in predatory lending in Oregon. Early in his career, he organized neighborhood groups and local businesses to lobby Metro to bring light rail transportation to southeast Portland that resulted in the Orange and Green MAX lines.
Phillip served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves while earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lewis and Clark College. He is the first to attend college from a family of Chinese-American immigrants. Upon graduating, he went to work right away on a political campaign during the 1992 presidential election. He went on to earn a Master of Science in public policy from Rutgers University and has never looked back in his public service career.
Phillip lives in Portland with his wife, two daughters, and two cats. As a lifelong Portland Trail Blazers fan, he has taken his frustrations out weekly on the hard wood in pick-up basketball games with the same group of friends for 20 years.