Meet Philip Falcone
Philip’s passion for Riverside, its people, cultures and history has remained at the forefront of his efforts as a dedicated community member and champion for young people, families and seniors. The next step in Philip’s service to the City of Riverside is the Ward 1 seat on the City Council. Focused on looking to Riverside's bright future, Philip is a firm believer in acknowledging and honoring the unique and diverse past of Ward 1 and the entire City of Riverside.
A resident of Riverside for nearly fifteen years, Philip is proud to call the City of Arts and Innovation his home. Born into a big Italian family in New Orleans and moved to Riverside following Hurricane Katrina, Philip faced obstacles at a young age that instilled in him a drive to better the lives of the people in his community and a passion for service. Attending Riverside schools and obtaining degrees in Sociology, Art History and Behavioral Science, Philip takes great pride in his Riverside education.
Philip joined the staff of The Community Foundation to work closely on the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the Youth Grantmakers Committee, a program that mentors high school students on how philanthropy works in the Riverside region and beyond. From grant writing to grant approval, and all steps in between, Philip has experience in a multitude of areas within nonprofit organizations. Philip has said that working with a nonprofit and having a direct, positive impact on underserved youth in the community through philanthropy has been one of his proudest accomplishments.
Adding to his list of community work experience, for several years Philip worked in the Office of the Mayor, under the International Relations Officer, taking leading roles in projects like Riverside’s Innovation District, the Long Night of Arts and Innovation and the securing of portraits depicting two of Riverside’s most recent Medal of Honor recipients. Philip's time spent in City Hall has given him the experience of city processes and protocol necessary to be an informed and qualified candidate and council member.
Most recently Philip has worked for the Mission Inn Foundation as a local history instructor at several Ward 1 RUSD schools like Central Middle School and University Heights Middle School. Philip's instructional work in the classroom allows him to exercise one of his many passions: educating Riverside's youth on local history.
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's "Arts District", 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 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.
Philip considers himself a Riverside native due to the immense knowledge and network of friends he has throughout the city. 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--especially those of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, spending time in his backyard garden with his dog Remi and collecting Riverside artifacts from sales and auctions.
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