Dallas native Elizabeth Carlock Phillips graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and French. She started a jewelry business in high school that became her career for seven years and led her all over the world, including to Uganda, where she was Founding Designer of the Akola Project, a non-profit social business that empowers marginalized women in Uganda and Dallas, and to Peru, where she consulted for the fair-trade company Peru Paper.
Phillips has been involved with many nonprofits, including founding Echelon, the official national young professionals organization that is “Mobilizing the Next Generation” for the Salvation Army; starting Generation GPAC, a grassroots movement supporting the Greensboro Performing Arts Center project; and creating programs and chairing record-breaking fundraisers for several other organizations. Since 2013, she has served as Executive Director to the Phillips Foundation, leading her board to select large-amount, high-impact grants that “move the dial” for Greensboro and Guilford County. So far, the Phillips Foundation has been a lead donor to the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, the Hayes-Taylor YMCA, a new Salvation Army/Boys & Girls Club facility, Union Square Campus, the Downtown Greenway, and Say Yes Guilford, along with launching a Teach for America region, providing start-up funding for a new magnet school model, scaling transitional services for youth aging out of state custody, and implementing the largest grant of its kind to homelessness in the country.
Governor McCrory recently appointed Philips to the Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she was a recipient of the 2015 “Women in Business” award from Triad Business Journal. She is a member of Action Greensboro’s operating group and on the national board of Say Yes to Education and Relationships First, along with several other affiliations. Phillips is currently 28 years old and enjoys life with her husband Kevin and their children.