Tony Phillips founded KPD in 2013 following nearly 20 years of experience in San Diego’s nonprofit industry, holding positions in operations, development and administration.
Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in philosophy from California State University Long Beach and worked in academia in a number of teaching and non-teaching roles for several years prior to starting his non-profit career. He has worked as a grant writer and nonprofit executive in San Diego County since 1995 with a year-long hiatus in 2008, during which he spent a semester at China’s Hunan First Normal University and another at Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico de San Juan del Río as an English and Business Communications instructor.
As a grant writer, Tony is especially interested in creative and innovative responses to public funding opportunities for institutions and collaborations challenging the status quo. Both domestically and internationally, he is involved in projects employing evidence-based practices to address barriers to self-sufficiency, including lack of access to education, healthcare and other basic services. He has written extensively about teens and transition-aged youth, including those at-risk for criminal justice involvement, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and withdrawal from school. His background also includes extensive involvement in public networks addressing homelessness, public infrastructure and other issues. Tony has also contributed to regional reports and white papers for the San Diego Mayor’s Office and City Council, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, California’s Assembly and Senate, and several U.S. Congressional offices. Tony is a member of the American Grant Writers Association, Grant Professionals Association and numerous local and regional networks and taskforces.
Tony is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and other online and print publications. An active participant in adaptive sports, he also writes regular for the Amputee Coalition of America’s bi-monthly inMotion magazine. Tony is a frequent representative and public speaker on behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation and he currently competes as an above-knee amputee in parapowerlifting, paratriathlon and sitting volleyball.
Tony is the author of two books in print and is currently collaborating on translations of four classic works of German literature.