Philip’s work on North 5th Street is motivated by an enduring commitment to advancing economic opportunities in underserved communities. He takes a grass-roots approach to community and economic development and understands that strong relationships between merchants and residents build safe, clean, and prosperous main streets. Philip served North 5th Street as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer from July, 2011 to June, 2012. Prior to working on North 5th Street, Philip was a volunteer advocacy organizer for migrant farmworker groups in rural Oregon. He also mentored first-generation college students as a Peer Mentor for Portland State University. Philip holds a B.A. in Sociology from Portland State University.