Phillip is a veteran lobbyist with a stellar reputation as a consummate professional among legislators on both sides of the aisle. He brings nearly two decades of expertise in community relations, political communications, and legislative coalition building at state and local levels. Phillip helps clients meet their unique goals from funding needs to policy initiatives. He is known among his colleagues for his integrity, passion and mission driven approach to government relations.
Prior to joining Strategies 360, Phillip led Oregon Food Bank’s state advocacy program. There, he was successful in acquiring public funds and advancing policies to fight hunger. In his previous work as the chief lobbyist for Oregon’s most populated and urban 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, Phillip organized neighborhood groups and local businesses to lobby Metro to bring light rail transportation to southeast Portland resulting 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. After catching the political bug, he earned 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 cat