Joanne Phillips was elected to serve as Delaware County Controller in November 2017 and began her four-year term in January 2018.
Ms. Phillips is an experienced attorney practicing law as a partner in the national law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, where she has represented business clients, cultural institutions, hospitals and universities in real estate development and real estate finance. Ms. Phillips also served in government as the Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Real Estate, in the Department of General Services, where she oversaw a multi-million dollar portfolio of leased facilities and real property.
Ms. Phillips graduated summa cum laude from Widener University's Delaware Law School, where she was the valedictorian of her class and an editor of the law review. She received her B.A. from Ursinus College, and was a member of the school's nationally-ranked field hockey team.
A leader in professional organizations throughout her career, highlights include serving as Chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate. Ms. Phillips currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Penjerdel Council and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Ms. Phillips served on the Middletown Township Park and Recreation Committee and was a director of the Rose Tree Soccer Club. She is a licensed soccer coach and coached boys' and girls' intramural and travel teams for more than 15 years.
Ms. Phillips and her husband have lived in Middletown Township for the past thirty years, where they raised two children who attended schools in the Rose Tree Media School District.