D'Arcy Philps


D’Arcy Philps has nearly 25 years of Federal public policy experience in education, workforce development and social services.

As a principal at Penn Hill Group, Philps develops and implements proactive legislative strategies for education- and workforce-related clients and represents their interests before Congress, Federal agencies and the White House. Clients include colleges and universities, regional accreditors, major foundations, leading education and business associations, global for-profit and nonprofit education providers, and education reform coalitions. Philps, for example, helped clients secure key provisions and policies as part of the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Prior to helping form Penn Hill Group, Philps served as a vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates, where during his 10-year tenure, he helped build one of the most successful Federal education government relations practices in the nation.

Before joining Van Scoyoc Associates, Philps spent nearly a decade working as a professional staff member for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. During that period, Philps played a major role in developing wide-ranging policies and drafting legislation for many laws that remain in effect today. These include the Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998. Philps also worked on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was actively involved in legislation that served as a precursor to the No Child Left Behind Act. This work included developing policy and formulas for programs related to teacher professional development, math, reading, science and education technology.

Philps has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

You can reach D’Arcy at dphilps@pennhillgroup.com.