Phillip Lovell serves as the Alliance's vice president of federal advocacy, where he is responsible for leading its efforts on Capitol Hill to advocate for federal policy in support of the nation’s high schools. Mr. Lovell has spent the past decade advocating for children and youth on Capitol Hill, focusing in areas such as youth development, homelessness, and education.
Mr. Lovell also served as policy coordinator for the National Crime Prevention Council, where he worked with colleague organizations to develop and advocate for the Younger Americans Act, legislation designed to create the nation’s first federal youth policy. He also cofounded the National Youth Network, a partnership of over twenty national youth organizations with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that seeks to strengthen the voice of young people with regard to youth violence and juvenile justice.
Subsequently, as director of public policy for Camp Fire USA, Mr. Lovell represented nearly 750,000 children and youth, advancing issues such as childcare and afterschool programs and leading Camp Fire USA’s efforts to secure federal funds to expand positive youth development programs.
Most recently, he served as vice president for education, housing, and youth policy at First Focus. Mr. Lovell represented the organization on Capitol Hill and in the media, raising the visibility of the impact of the “Great Recession” on children, and leading legislation promoting a comprehensive approach to education. He has written a number of publications on issues such as children in the federal budget, homeless children and families, and disconnected youth. His work has been referenced in media outlets including CNN, USA Today, and Time magazine.
Mr. Lovell has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in international politics. He and his wife, Beth, have two daughters.