Phil Brooks is a native of West Philadelphia and attended Girard College High School. He then attended American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts where he received his B.S. in Biology. Returning to Philadelphia he joined the education based AmeriCorps program City Year Philadelphia where he served as a Senior Program Manager and led over 200 18-24 year old young adults in full time volunteer service. After a 10 year commitment to City Year, he joined the Mayor’s Office of Education as the US2020 Program Manager of STEM Initiatives. Later, his work transitioned to the Commerce Department's Talent Development Unit and finally to the Office of Workforce Development where he oversaw the City of Philadelphia's citywide STEM Initiative that engaged, connected and convened citizens in the region. He is now the Director of STEM Workforce Partnerships for the University City Science Center and is tasked with connecting and building partnerships with STEM employers to ensure job placement of West Philadelphia residents.
In collaboration with several partners, Phil successfully oversaw the planning, logistics and implementation of the Building an Understanding of Lab Basics (BULB) Workforce program designed to reskill and connect Philadelphia adults to Life Science industry professionals in preparation for employment in these fields.