ADDPC Vice Chair, Karla Phillips

Each DD Network Newsletter will highlight a staff member from one of the partnering agencies to recognize their hard work and dedication in exemplifying the mission of the Network to work collectively and collaboratively to foster the independence, advocacy and community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities.  This edition spotlights Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Vice Chair, Karla Phillips.

Karla Phillips

Karla PhillipsFighting for quality education in Arizona is a job that Ms. Phillips is proud to do.  Serving as Governor Brewer’s Education Policy Advisor, Ms. Phillips is a strong advocate for education and families and advises the Governor on both K-12 and higher education issues. 

In her current role she has helped the Governor’s Office in the crafting of a statewide education reform plan and sits on the Oversight Committee for the Getting AHEAD higher education reform initiative.  Ms. Phillips is also the Vice-Chair of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and as the parent of a special needs child, is personally aware of the issues facing families.

Prior to her appointment to the Brewer Administration, Ms. Phillips served as Director of State Government Relations for Arizona State University. In that role she served as the university representative at legislative hearings and stakeholder meetings, advised university officials on issues impacting the university, developed strategies to advance major legislative initiatives, and helped to coordinate legislative activities with the Arizona Board of Regents as well as Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. 

Ms. Phillips worked for seven years as a senior policy advisor for the Arizona House of Representatives. She advised the Speaker and other elected officials on issues relating to K-12 and higher education policy and finance, minority issues, welfare and child welfare issues. She was also responsible for researching, drafting, summarizing and advancing major legislative initiatives. 

Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. She also received her Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.  Ms. Phillips resides in Phoenix and is the proud mother of a 7 year old son and a 3 year old daughter.