Mister Phillips, age 44, is the son of Tommie and Cynthia Phillips. Tommie was a lieutenant at the Richmond Police Department. Cynthia was a deputy at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Tommie and Cynthia taught Mister the value of service at a young age.
In 2012, Mister was elected to the Democratic Party County Central Committee. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He has served on the executive board, central committee, finance committee, and platform committee of the California Democratic Party. He has also served on the board of the California Democratic Council, California Democratic Party Black Caucus, and El Cerrito Democratic Club.
In 2016, Mister was overwhelmingly elected to the governing board of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He was re-elected without opposition in 2020. In 2021, he served as board president and guided the district through the COVID-19 crisis.
Prior to his election, Mister served on public and private boards, including the Richmond Promise Ad Hoc Committee (co-chair), First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission (alternate), Rotary Club of Pinole (president), and Richmond NAACP (committee chair). He is a deacon at Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
Mister has received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership, including The City and County of San Francisco Certificate of Honor, 7th Congressional District Barack Obama Volunteer Award, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus Democratic Achievement Award, Honorable Judge George Carrol Community Service Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, California Senate Certificate of Recognition, California Assembly Certificate of Recognition, Contra Costa County Certificate of Recognition, and Hero of Hope Award.
Professionally, Mister is an attorney at law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. He has owned and operated the Law Office of Mister Phillips, since 2005.
Mister served his country as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2004 to 2013. He received an honorable discharge.
Mister earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law; Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Political Science, with honors, from San Francisco State University; and Associate of Arts degrees in English, Social Science, and Liberal Arts from Solano Community College. He is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society.
Mister is a fourth generation Richmond resident. He has been married to Angela Phillips, since 2010. They have four children: Merist, Mister II, Sterling, and Amanzi.