Michael Phillips

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Associate Director

As Associate Director, Michael is responsible for the overall fiscal integrity of the Center, including providing up-to-date financial information to all units as well as maximizing their efficiency and contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He is married to his wife Jessica, a practicing attorney in Charlottesville, and they have one son, Matthew.

Where are you from?

Wilmington, Delaware.

What brought you to the Cooper Center? 

A desire to do something other than simply provide shareholder value as an accountant.

What is something you are passionate about?

My son playing sports.

Where is the next place you would like to travel?

A golf course somewhere close by.

What is your most unusual talent?

I rarely need a map. I'm very directionally literate! 

Who is your hero or inspiration?

Cal Ripken Jr., former Baltimore Orioles player.

What is something people would never guess about you?

I'm an ugly crier. 

What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?

French fries.

What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?

Going to the UVA basketball game versus George Washington University with the Cooper Center staff. 

What does public service mean to you?

Making a community a better place by providing something that everyone needs but no one else can do.