Philip Falcone is a non-profit professional, historic preservationist, advocate for underserved communities, a Riverside history extraordinaire and an appointed commissioner on Riverside's Cultural Heritage Board that has spent time working in the Office of the Mayor and some of Ward 1's premier non-profit organizations. Philip believes in the importance of dedication, community building, political engagement and service to others.
Philip’s passion for Riverside, its people, cultures and history began nearly fifteen years ago. Born into a big Italian family in New Orleans and moving to Riverside following Hurricane Katrina, Philip faced obstacles at a young age that many people never face in a lifetime—the loss of all your belongings and starting a new life with nothing but five days worth of clothing in a suitcase. From the moment they arrived in Riverside, Philip and his family were greeted with an outpouring of support and generosity. It was due to those kinds acts that Philip believes he owes the people of Riverside a debt of gratitude. Those difficult years instilled in Philip a drive to better the lives of the people in his community and a passion for service to others.
While attending Riverside schools, studying Sociology and Art History, Philip went to work for The Community Foundation to lead the Youth Grantmakers Program, the same program he had participated in years prior as a high school student. While on the program staff of The Community Foundation Philip worked closely on the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the Youth Grantmakers Committee, two initiatives that focus on mentoring and educating high school students on how philanthropy works in the Riverside region and beyond.
It was during this point in time that Philip was able to work with and fund a multitude of non-profits ranging from facilities that provided therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities, centers that assisted women that had experienced rape and sexual assault, and organizations that cared for struggling foster youth in Riverside. From grant writing to grant approval, and all steps in between, Philip has experience in a multitude of areas within non-profit organizations. Philip takes immense pride in the work he has done with non-profits to have a direct, positive impact on underserved youth in the community.
Philip took his ability to engage young communities, serve vulnerable populations, and his knowledge of Riverside to City Hall. For several years Philip worked in the Office of the Mayor, under the International Relations Officer, taking active roles in projects like Riverside’s Innovation District, the Long Night of Arts and Innovation, maintaining vital sister city relations around the globe and the securing of portraits depicting two of Riverside’s most recent Medal of Honor recipients. Philip's innovative abilities and time spent in City Hall has made him well-equipped on city processes and protocol to be an effective council member.
Adding to his non-profit and government credits, Philip has also worked for the Mission Inn Foundation as a local history program instructor at several Ward 1 RUSD schools like Central Middle School and University Heights Middle School. Working with AVID and English-learner students, Philip used Riverside's rich and diverse past as a connection to teach the students of today. Philip's instructional work in the classroom allows him to exercise one of his many passions: educating Riverside's youth on local history.
Philip's most recent challenge has been looking at ways to address the affordable housing crisis in Riverside and is currently working closely with the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County to lay the groundwork for policies that can address the critical affordable housing need in Riverside.
Attending every City Council meeting since early 2016, Philip has proven his immense dedication to knowing the issues that face the residents of Ward 1 and the City of Riverside. Philip's attendance record at the last 250, and counting, City Council and community meetings is no small feat.
As a dedicated community member Philip has been an active voice on the board of directors for the Riverside Museum Associates. During a time of immense change to the arts and culture landscape of Downtown Riverside, Philip brought to fruition a student outreach initiative that engages young people from local schools in areas of history, art, culture and museum science; furthering Philip's ability to bridge generational gaps in various institutions and empowering young people to get involved in their community. In addition to his work with the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and Heritage House, Philip has been involved with the Riverside Art Museum Foundation, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, American Cancer Society, Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance, Love Riverside Serve Day, Riverside Branch of the NAACP, the Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy Class XV and the Friends of Mt. Rubidoux.
After much dedication to the community he calls home, Philip has obtained nuanced knowledge of Riverside issues and a strong network of Riverside business owners, residents, and community leaders that he considers friends. Philip spends much of his free time in Ward 1 parks, museums, and working on historic preservation projects. Some of the hobbies Philip enjoys are refurbishing antique furniture, hiking Mt. Rubidoux, touring historic homes, spending time in his backyard garden with his dog Remi and collecting Riverside artifacts from sales and auctions.
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