About Phil

Phil Graham is a native San Diegan and has lived in Encinitas for more than a decade. He is running for City Council because he loves this community and wants to protect the unique culture of our five villages and the quality of life our residents enjoy.

After an international business career, which took him throughout the world including seven years working in Singapore, Phil turned his focus to life sciences and philanthropy.  As an executive at the La Jolla-based Sanford-Burnham Institute, a world-renowned leader in medical research, Phil helped facilitate medical research for cancer, as well as efforts directed at Wounded Warriors. Phil currently advises companies of all sizes on how to grow their business and lectures at National University.

Phil will be a representative for Encinitas who understands our local economy and the important issues that the council faces. Phil is focused on the infrastructure and quality of life issues facing our city, and how to best address them and protect the unique culture of our five villages.

A graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business with a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phil was born and raised in San Diego. He’s volunteered for numerous local causes including the Founders Circle Board of the Preuss School at UCSD, the board of directors for Pedal the Cause, and a guest lecturer at Rady’s School of Management at UCSD. Phil is Vice Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas and enjoys surfing the local breaks of our beautiful city.

He has experience, passion, patience and most importantly the values that fit perfectly with Encinitas. That’s why I support Phil Graham for Encinitas City Council.
— Scott Ciancimino - Owner of the Potato Shack since 1988