After serving two and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Community and Economic Development in rural Paraguay, Phylicia transitioned back home to the U.S. to continue working in neighborhood revitalization and development. She spent three years as Community Development Specialist for Global Communities, an international nonprofit delivering essential solutions to complex challenges from the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion.
In 2019, she returned to her beloved Chicago and began working for JPMorgan Chase as an underwriter in Commercial Banking supporting impact finance. Currently, she is a Vice President and Program Officer in Global Philanthropy leading the small business work in Chicago and guiding grant making in Indiana and Wisconsin. Phylicia has her BS in Public Relations and Business Administration from Illinois State University and a MA in Economics and Community Development & Planning from Western Illinois University. She continues to lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) programs and serves on the board of Chaddock– a health facility for youth.