Rick Phillips, MS Ed., is the Executive Director and founder of Community Matters (CM), a California-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is “to engage, equip, and empower young people to be contributors and peacemakers in their schools and communities.” The author of “Ten Years after Columbine: School Violence-Prevention Report Card,” Rick has been interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, and many print, radio, and regional/national interview shows as an expert on violence prevention and empowering youth. Rick is also the lead author of Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley (April, 2008).
As the creator and co-developer of Safe School Ambassadors®, a youth-centered, violence-prevention program that has been implemented in more than 700 schools across the United States and Canada, Rick has become a nationally-recognized educator, speaker, facilitator, and trainer who brings years of expertise and practical experience to schools and communities across the continent.
Rick earned his Master’s of Science Degree in education from the University of Southern California where he was a recipient of a United States Office of Education Fellowship. He has been a principal and teacher at elementary, middle, and high schools, a school district and county office of education administrator, and a Regional Director at the Healthy Kids Center for the California Department of Education. Rick is a father, grandfather and champion of children and youth.