Phil spent his childhood just outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his six older siblings. When he graduated high school in 2010, he moved to East Lansing and attended Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, he attended football games, worked part time at Pizza Hut as assistant manager, and interned at the Mayor of Lansing’s office, where he was extremely involved in constituent relations. After graduating sigma cum laude with a B.A. in political science and economics, he began working at Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA), a public policy research and evaluation firm. His work at PPA included traveling around Michigan, including the western Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island, to visit police departments, county jails and youth homes for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act compliance. Over the summer, he interned at the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities working on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program budget analysis and legislation. In his spare time, Phil enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar, exercising, cooking and reading.