Meet the Joint Venture Team

Quency Phillips

Executive Director, Lighthouse

Quency Phillips headshot Quency Phillips is executive director of Joint Venture’s Lighthouse initiative (formerly Building Back Better), established in 2021 as a backbone effort to support regional recovery and reduce stark inequities magnified by the pandemic. Phillips has been committed to social good for more than 25 years through community service and entrepreneurship.

Phillips most recently steered community engagement for Google Development Ventures’ $15B Silicon Valley development portfolio. Phillips was selected as a co-chair for the IWBI Health Equity Advisory, as well as the D&I Council for the Americas for Lendlease. Phillips was selected by Lendlease to provide the Keynote for the Global People & Culture Conference, addressing the path to allyship.

Phillips was previously chief strategy officer for HouseKeys in Morgan Hill and CEO of Fuzion, an advertising and marketing agency for athletes and entertainers and has maintained a consulting practice for nearly 10 years. He was community engagement manager for Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Oakland and chief marketing officer for Weather Tech Fasteners Global Solutions and CMO for eHarvestHub.

Phillips attended Northwestern University where he graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering. He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Stanford Social Innovation Review.

As a social activist, Phillips has been featured on NBC Bay Area’s Race in America Conversation. He created The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT), a free, traveling college- and career-readiness road show; and the engagement framework and strategy for LISC as part of the Bay’s Future Fund, which forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America. He is a member of the ABFE, which advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities.

Phillips has served on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including SOMOS Mayfair, whose mission is to support children, organize families and connect neighbors and address systemic inequities; MACLA, an inclusive contemporary arts space with visual and performance art grounded in Chicago/Latino experience; the Women’s Foundation of California, which is dedicated to achieving racial, economic and gender justice; and the Redwood City Police Activities League, whose mission is to nurture the next generation of leaders in their community. Phillips was a strategic consultant for regional affordable housing organizations and local jurisdictions.

Phillips is the author of The Power of Numbers.

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