Phylicia is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2009, Phylicia served in the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender with Attorney Paul DeWolfe and in 2010 with the Maryland General Assembly in the office of the former chair of the Prince George’s County delegation, Delegate Melony Griffith D-25. Through her experiences in jurisprudence and politics, she was called to become actively involved in her community.
Phylicia went on to serve the very County she grew up in as a community outreach liaison for Prince Georges County Council Member Karen R. Toles D-7. Next, she earned another opportunity to work in the Maryland State Legislature as an Administrative Assistant to The Speaker of the House of Delegates, Delegate Michael E. Busch. Currently, Phylicia is in her fifth year of working at the MD General Assembly and after serving as the Legislative Aide to Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Senator Joan Carter Conway D-43, she is now the Chief of Staff to State Delegate Darryl L. Barnes D-25. Aside from her professional reputation, Phylicia is also known for her commitment to public service. After taking an independent study course during her undergraduate studies, she developed a divine interest in combating human trafficking in women and children. She now serves as the chair of the First Responders Training Committee for The Prince George’s County
Human Trafficking Task Force. The committee is tasked with training any group that may interact with human trafficking survivors to educate on indicators that a person may be in a trafficking situation, how to adequately report a crime and resources that are available for survivors.
Additionally, Phylicia began to expand her interest in politics by serving as the Vice President of Programs for the Prince Georges County Young Democrats (PGCYD) from 2012 – 2014. During her tenure, she was instrumental in coordinating an annual donation drive for the United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP), Shepherds Cove Homeless Shelter for Women and Children which earned The Prince Georges County Young Democrats the “Community Servant of the Year” from the organization. And, Phylicia’s programming contributed to PGCYD earning the “Chapter of the Year” award from the Young Democrats of America during their National Conference in 2013.
To further her divine interest in a career of combating human trafficking, she has continued her education at the University of Baltimore to study Global Affairs and Human Security (MA). In her spare time, Phylicia enjoys summer hiking, bicycling, cooking, reading and working with her women’s group through her church. She is also involved in missionary work and plans to visit Nigeria in May. She is currently reading "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork" by John C. Maxwell, a guide for young professionals navigating their way to success.