Mister Phillips’ father, retired Richmond police Lieutenant Tommie Phillips, inspired him to public service at a young age.
Phillips, now aged 36, is running for the governing board of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Phillips’ vision is that every student will attend a safe school where they are engaged and able to achieve academically. He pledges that he “will strive to achieve this vision for the sake of all children, regardless of where they live or attend school.”
Phillips’ plan to get us there is simple. He believes the school district should focus on school safety, student engagement, academic achievement and employee morale.
This newspaper agrees. Our children have been underserved for too long. It is time for the school district to get back to the basics.
Phillips’ professional background will serve him well on the school board. He has worked as a labor relations representative in K-12 public schools, substitute teacher in the West Contra Costa and San Francisco Unified School Districts, GED instructor in Washington, DC, and instructional assistant in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.
In addition, Phillips has represented West County on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission since 2012. The commission funds health and education programs for children aged zero to five, countywide.
The West County programs are based in the First 5 Centers in Richmond and San Pablo.
Phillips s also a delegate to the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, vice president of the El Cerrito Democratic Club, deacon of Providence Missionary Baptist Church of San Pablo and past president of the Rotary Club of Pinole.
Phillips’ family has lived in West County for six generations. He resides in Richmond with his wife, Angela. They have two children, aged three and one month.