Phyllis Brunson

Phyllis R. Brunson

Director, Community Capacity, Advocacy, and Voice

She, Her, Hers


For 24 years, I led CSSP’s Constituents Co-Invested in Change work, which promoted efforts to connect the authentic voice of constituents, consumers, residents, and communities with opportunities to reform public policy, improve service systems, and create thriving communities. I served as a content expert on community decision-making and accountability, resident engagement, race equity, and consumer advocacy.

I do this work because

I want to align the power of residents (and other constituents) as advocates of change and able to shape local goods, services, and supports made available to them. I attempt to do this by establishing self-correcting systems of accountability to test, reflect and improve service access, service quality, and service equity in vulnerable neighborhoods and communities. 

I am most proud of

From 2011 to 2018, I served as CSSP’s project manager for its First 5 Los Angeles’ Best Start Community Partnership Capacity Building, Training, and Technical Assistance contract. Working with a local capacity building team, I directed, led, and documented work to ensure that resident and community members in 14 of LA’s most challenged neighborhoods built their skills and capacity to lead community partnership efforts and improve results for young children and their families.  

Work History

  • Deputy Director and Acting Director, System’s Reform Initiative, Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Chief, Health Planning, District of Columbia’s Health Planning Agency
  • Senior Specialist, Systems Reform Unit, New York State Office of Mental Health

Education and Awards

  • M.A. in Psychology, Washington University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Lincoln University

When the day is done

I enjoy connecting with family, listening to jazz, and gardening.