Philip is an American political consultant and strategist with more than 30 years of experience in Congress and the Executive Branch. He has spent much of his career on the staff of prominent elected officials, including President Barack Obama. Philip held four different positions under President Obama, including director of congressional relations for Obama’s presidential transition team, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs, and Assistant to the President and Special Advisor. From the early 1980s until 2008, Philip served in a number of congressional staff positions, notably as Democratic Chief of Staff for the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as chief of staff to Representative Henry Waxman. In 2004, he worked as policy director for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle.
Schiliro Barnett, a consulting firm; Co-Equal, a non-profit initiative aimed at strengthening Congress as a co-equal branch of government; and Grow New Mexico, a non-profit devoted to community development in that state. He holds an appointment as a senior presidential fellow at the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University.