Rick Phillips, M.S., Ed.

Founder, Community Matters, Community Matters


Rick Phillips is known for his expertise and extensive work in the field of school climate improvement. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of Community Matters, a 22 year nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to equip, empower and engage students and adults to create schools and communities that are welcoming, safe and inclusive. Through their evidenced-based program, Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA), they have worked with over 1,700 schools across North America, Puerto Rico and Guam to improve the climate and culture of schools. Rick and Community Matters have also developed The Whole School Climate Framework, a comprehensive, clear and integrated model that provides educational leaders with a blueprint and the tools for effectively planning, implementing and measuring the many mandates, requirements, and initiatives related to school climate improvement.