Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, joined Rural Action in 2017 as the Development Director after serving as the 94th District’s representative in the Ohio House for 8 years. As a House member, she served on the House Finance Committee, House Education Committee, House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. Prior to that, Debbie served the 4th Ward on the Athens City Council. She was also the founding Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign, which was hosted through Rural Action and worked to promote quality public education. Debbie is a graduate of Ohio University and lives in Albany with her husband Jim and their three children.