Phil Barber

Philanthropic Engagement Specialist



Raised by feminist, environmental and labor activists in Washington DC on a steady diet of Smithsonian museums, folk festivals, picket lines and protests, Phil made his way to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 after studying philosophy and politics in New York and abroad.
A moral philosopher by training and a community organizer by trade, Phil views his personal and professional agency through an intersectional feminist lens developed over the years in the course of his work organizing complex public events such as Portland Sunday Parkways, developing support resources for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and systemic oppression at YWCA of Greater Portland, facilitating neighborhood disaster resilience and recovery planning with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and advocating for mobility justice in urban planning and design with Oregon Walks.
When not preoccupied with reimagining the relationship between philanthropy and justice, Phil can usually be found on Wy’East struggling up a steep ridge, along a neighborhood greenway cheerfully and aimlessly pedaling around town, or waxing poetic to the plants in his garden.