Board of Directors

Phil Downing

Phillip Downing is a native Los Angeles resident, growing up in the West Adams and Windsor Hills neighborhoods. He graduated from Crenshaw High School and was a National Merit Scholar recipient. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He later obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is a Professional Civil Engineer and is a General Building Contractor. Phillip is married and has three children.

Phillip started his career at WED Enterprises, (the predecessor of Disney's Imagineering) as a structural designer and soon after began working for Northrop Aircraft. Phillip designed hydraulic components on the F-18 fighter during his tenure at Northrop. Phillip continued his professional career by moving to Alaska to work with Contra-Tech, Inc. where he provided technical assistance to minority contractors bidding on government contracts. Under a subcontract with Alaska's Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Contra-Tech performed the certification of contractors as minority-owned or woman-owned; Phillip performed the due diligence research required for certification.

Phillip returned to California and began working for Rockwell International's Space Division. Phillip started as a Facilities Design Engineer and rose to Facilities Project Engineer. During this period, Phillip, in addition to his employment duties, was attending Loyola Marymount in their Master of Business Administration program and pursuing licensure as a professional civil engineer. Phillip also became an entrepreneur and established a project management partnership, Downing Enterprises.

Phillip left Rockwell International when the Century Freeway Housing Program presented the opportunity to provide project management services to contractors participating in the program. Phillip provided successful bid estimates on a dozen projects with a value of $3 million. Downing Enterprises provided construction management and contract administration services in addition to bidding service. Phillip obtained a concrete subcontractor license and became the responsible managing officer of Access Construction, Inc. Access Construction obtained several concrete subcontracts on the Century Freeway Housing Program and other public works projects.

Phillip moved to performing construction management as a consultant with Kaiser Engineers and then Daniel, Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall (DMJM) on U.S. Postal Service projects. Phillip started as a Construction Engineer and within a year became a Senior Project/Construction Manager. Phillip managed projects of all sizes with a total value of $160 million. DMJM became AECOM during Phillip's tenure.

Phillip is currently serving as a Business Advisory Services Manager with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He manages the School-based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities unit. This program assists local educational agencies in Los Angeles county receive $25 million in reimbursements annually.