Phillippa is working to secure a healthy and bright future for the next generation

Phillippa Kassover Bio

Phillippa was born and raised in the UK. She began her education at the London School of Economics and moved to Colorado where she completed her degrees in Political Science and Sociology.

In 2007, when Phillippa was recruited by UW, she and her husband Ken, a retired neuropsychologist, chose beautiful Lake Forest Park as their new home. They are also glad to be closer to their three sons who have all settled in the Puget Sound area. Phillippa and Ken are proud grandparents of twins born right here in Northwest Hospital in 2011. They also have a daughter and two lovely teenage granddaughters in North Carolina.

Phillippa began her professional career as a broadcast journalist in Colorado covering state and local politics.  This gave her a front row seat to learn the intricacies of public policy, including land use planning, public safety, local government budgeting and environmental protection. Phillippa also served as a communications professional for University of Colorado, as well as a founding partner of Rocky Mountain Research, designing surveys and analyzing statistical data for public policy questions for local government. In 1990, Phillippa joined Colorado College, where she remained for 14 years, filling a variety of key roles and representing the College across the US, including here in the Northwest. She then spent an exciting 3 years traveling the world and raising funds from US, European and Asian governments, foundations and corporations for Keystone Symposia, an international scientific conferencing organization focused on the future of biomedical research. 

Phillippa was brought to the University of Washington because of her skills in administration and deep experience in grant writing, budget management and planning, resource development, and government and external relations. She served for more than 6 years at the University of Washington as a Senior Director of Advancement. Soon after joining UW, she was appointed interim director of UWTV, where she supervised the entire production and engineering staff, and worked with UW leadership to reposition the station and reform the budget. Phillippa was then asked to take on a leadership role at the School of Nursing and was a close adviser to the Dean on strategic budget planning and resource development. Phillippa retired at the end of 2013 to spend more time with her family and serving her community.

Throughout her career, Phillippa has received widespread recognition for her clear communications, her judgement and foresight, and her effectiveness in bringing together diverse groups to support and strengthen organizations.

Phillippa has worked for many candidates and campaigns over the years, most recently for Initiative 594. She was thrilled when 80% of the voters of Lake Forest Park joined her in supporting this successful initiative to help reduce gun violence and save lives. Phillippa has also been active in the 46th District Democrats and currently serves as the Vice Chair. In this role she has built strong relationships with our state delegation, as well as our county commissioners, and neighboring city officials.

Phillippa has volunteered for several non-profit organizations, including 10 years of service in Colorado as a board member for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates representing abused and neglected children), as well as serving on the boards of Theatreworks in Colorado, and the Shoreline Historical Museum here in Washington.