Steve Phillips' has been an advocate for civil rights and education since his undergraduate years at Stanford, where he helped build a coalition of students, faculty and staff that pushed Stanford to make major changes in innovations in multi-cultural curriculum and student services for students of color. Phillips continued his public service after graduating from college, initially by working with a public interest law firm, and later by running for the San Francisco Board of Education at the age of 28. As a School Board Member-including a year as President-Phillips was instrumental in saving an early childhood education program, reducing class sizes, and making San Francisco the first school district in the country to incorporate books by writers of color into the required literature curriculum. After earning his law degree from Hastings College, Phillips started his own firm where he practiced civil rights and employment discrimination law. He has written nearly 100 columns and essays published in newspapers across the country, has appeared on multiple cable television shows, and has served as a commentator on BayTV and been a guest on KQED's Forum as well as appearing on KGO Radio and BBC radio.
Board of Education
In 1992, at 28, Phillips ran for and won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education.
Phillips attended Hastings College of the Law. In 1997, he opened the Law Offices of Steve Phillips (civil rights and employment discrimination law).
Secretary of State Project
Phillips donated $2,500 to the Secretary of State Project in 2008. He is listed as an attorney.