Phillip Westry was born in Germany in 1985 while his father, Phillip Westry Sr., and his mother, Wilma Brown, were stationed in Aschaffenburg.
After high school, Phillip attended Frostburg State University, before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in American Studies. Phillip became active in several student-led organizations and activities, eventually interning for Equality Maryland, which is now known as Freestate Justice.
Following his dreams of becoming an attorney, Phillip attended the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law while working full-time at the Community Law in Action (CLIA). He managed CLIA's mentoring and internship programs and spearheaded their workforce development initiative.
After law school, Phillip landed a job at St. Ambrose Housing Center, helping low-income seniors and citizens stay above water on their mortgages, ensuring that they kept their family homes and located affordable housing when necessary.
Currently, he provides free legal assistance to city residents in the areas of landlord and tenant laws, debt collection, and criminal expungement.
He met his husband, Mike DeStefano, after his discharge from in the U.S. Army. They were married in downtown Baltimore in 2015.
Residents of Greenmount West, Phillip and Mike continue to focus on the needs of the citizens of this great city, volunteering their time and money to local programs and initiatives such as the Just Advice Project at the University of Maryland School of Law, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Pro Bono Resource Center, Walters Art Museum, Enoch Pratt Library and more.
Phillip aims to continue his fight against racial inequality and economic disparity by seeking the office of City Council in the 12th council district during the 2020 elections.
He has begun a listening campaign to garner feedback, advice, and ideas for how to advocate for and shape the policies that currently either don’t work--or don’t exist--related to fair and equitable housing, economic prosperity and job growth, a fair and living wage, community-based policing, and transformational learning opportunities.
To contact Phillip, feel free to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him directly at 443-599-3992.