Stephanie Phillips is a Senior Specialist with the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, where she helps facilitate the design review process and contributes to the development of projects and policies centered around San Antonio's many historic and cultural resources. She leads the Rehabber Club initiative, which provides hands-on training opportunities in an effort to make repair and restoration skills more accessible and affordable to all. Additionally, she is currently spearheading the City's deconstruction and salvage policy initiative, which aims to maximize material salvage and reuse opportunities from older structures while achieving key sustainability and waste diversion goals. Previously, she worked as a Project Design Assistant for the State Preservation Board in Austin, where she helped manage the 2016 Exterior Preservation Project of the Texas State Capitol building.
In addition to her role with the City, Stephanie is committed to serving organizations at the local, state, and national level, including the fundraising event committee of the Power of Preservation Foundation (POP); the Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR); the national board of Build Reuse; and the Executive Committee of Preservation Action.
In May 2019, Stephanie was selected as a POCACITO (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) Fellow, which brings emerging environmental leaders from the U.S. to Germany to foster international collaboration relating to environmental policy and sustainable development. Her professional and extracurricular work aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship between preservation and sustainability professionals, particularly those focused on circular economy policy, climate resiliency and equity, and embodied carbon in the built environment. Stephanie is also interested in progressive federal policy related to the protection of our shared cultural and environmental resources and attends Preservation Action's National Advocacy Week in Washington, DC, annually.
Stephanie holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a proud Milwaukee native and will proclaim her Wisconsin roots whenever she gets the chance (or unintentionally when she says the word 'bag'). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, hand lettering and illustration, and using her Photoshop skills to make ridiculous Christmas cards starring her two orange cats. She and her fiancé are currently making a circa 1925 Craftsman home their own, which is a total dream come true.