Chynna A. Phillips, Research and Policy Director

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115
Columbia, South Carolina  29204
803.254.0230,  extension 24


Chynna A. Phillips, MSW, MPH, leads the Foundation’s public policy and advocacy work, collaborating with leadership to strategically set policy priorities and bring awareness to systems-level poverty drivers. Chynna provides hands-on support to and interaction with community, state and national stakeholders. She is a member of the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which is charged with leading internal and external activities that hold the Foundation accountable for the intentional deepening of knowledge and commitment to practice in this area. Also, Chynna leads the South Carolina Statewide Kinship Care Council, which raises awareness on the challenges kinship families face.

Chynna serves as an advisory board member for the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, is a national advisory group member for Generations United, and serves as the chair of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee for the City of Columbia. Chynna received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Xavier University, and she received her Master of Public Health with an emphasis on Health Service, Policy and Management and Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” James Baldwin

  • MSW and MPH (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)
  • B.A. in Sociology (Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society