Philip joined ECF as its Policy and Development Director in April 2021. He is responsible for leading ECF’s advocacy, policy, projects, and development team, working with colleagues to influencing EU policies and collaborate with local, regional, and national partners to promote cycling. Prior to ECF, Philip spent nearly 15 years leading advocacy and campaigns to protect refugees in Europe and people trapped in armed conflicts. Philip was raised in Rhode Island, USA, to a Portuguese family from the Azores islands. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Philip worked in a community mental health services agency for several years before earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College. He has lived in Brussels since 2007 as a dual US-Portuguese citizen, with a strong interest in reducing air pollution, livable cities, protecting our climate, and getting more and more people to choose the bicycle as their everyday means of transport and recreation.