Born and raised in St. Mary, Jamaica, Phillippa graduated in 2015 from the University of the West Indies in Kingston with a bachelor's degree in International relations. She also minored in political leadership management and strategy.
At UWI, she was very active in the Guild of Students' "Army of Good," which does outreach work with at-risk youths from communities surrounding the university. In 2013, she was honored with the Guild's Excellence in Service Award.
She continued her community work across the island while serving as vice president and then president of another service organization called the "Governance Society," which teaches leadership skills to youths 4 through 18 years old. She was passionate about mobilizing her team to inspire the youths to become good citizens and show them how to be transparent, inclusive and accountable leaders.
For two years while a student and then briefly after graduation, Phillippa worked with the Latin American Caribbean Center on campus teaching adults in English as a Secondary Language classes. She also focused on bridging faculty relationships between UWI and several Latin American universities affiliated with the center.
In the fall of 2015, she moved to South Florida for greater opportunities to hone her skills in leadership and community development. She joined the AmeriCorps Public Ally program, and joined The Children's Movement of Florida in September for a year-long apprenticeship.
Her favorite pastimes are taking photos of abstract perspectives in nature, listening to music and volunteering at United Ways in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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