Jai Phillips

Regional Development Officer

Mr. Jai Phillips is the Regional Development Officer for Children’s Defense Fund - California, where he leads the organization’s efforts to achieve fundraising goals. Based in Los Angeles, Jai works in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Chief Development Officer in determining overall strategies for developing specific funding relationships and partnerships.

As a California native, Jai brings a significant wealth of knowledge of the region's philanthropic landscape. Prior to joining CDF-CA, Jai served as the development and operations manager for the Jackie Robinson Foundation's Los Angeles office. Jai's efforts significantly increased the Foundation's efforts to provide scholarships, mentoring and leadership opportunities for underserved youth.

With a proven history of community involvement, Jai remains committed to changing the trajectory of children and youth through a comprehensive approach that addresses their multifaceted needs. Jai studied at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, obtaining a bachelor's degree in both psychology and Black studies.