Phil Schiliro spent over thirty years in Washington, D.C. working on a range of policy issues.
From 2009-10 he was the director of legislative affairs for President Obama and in 2011 he moved to the position of special advisor to the president. Schiliro also directed the legislative affairs office during the 2008 Obama-Biden presidential transition.
Schiliro was Congressman Henry Waxman's chief of staff for over 25 years and, during much of that time, also served as the democratic staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In 2004, he spent a year in the U.S. Senate as the staff director for the Senate Leadership Committees and the policy director for the democratic leader, Senator Tom Daschle.
During his time in Washington, Schiliro was deeply involved in both a broad range of health and environmental legislation, including the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Affordable Care Act, and a series of high profile congressional investigations. Those investigations included oversight over the accuracy of the intelligence used in the Iraq War, fraud and waste in government contracting, the politicization of science, the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports, and the tobacco industry's efforts to manipulate scientific studies and market cigarettes to children.
Schiliro now lives in New Mexico and provides strategic and policy advice to non-profit organizations.