Bill R. Phillips


A Nuanced Perspective

Bill has brought more than 40 years of experience as a public servant in executive leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels of government. He served as a principal in Windrow Phillips Group for over a decade since 2010 and has served as a top executive in higher education and journalism.

Prior to founding Bill Phillips Company in 2007, Bill served seven and a half years as Deputy Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1994, he became Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations at Vanderbilt University after concluding a yearlong fellowship at Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center. During his time at the First Amendment Center, Bill co-authored a book that examined the relationship between the media and political leaders with an emphasis on privacy and fairness issues.

In addition to his experience on the local level, Bill served as a Presidential appointee in various capacities during the executive administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush, and as Deputy Governor to Nevada Governor Robert List. He served as Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Manager of the 1988 Republican Convention, and has worked in three Presidential campaigns for Republican candidates. In 1992, he was Assistant Campaign Manager for Operations of the Bush-Quayle Committee.

As a partner with Windrow Phillips Group, Bill provided clients with an unparalleled roster of experiences. Bill’s clients over the years have included the Republican National Committee, the McCain for President Campaign, the Country Music Association, AT&T, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Convention and Visitors’ Corp., Crescent Resources, Tennessee AARP, Brown and Caldwell Engineering, UBER Technologies, and the International Republican Institute. We wish Bill luck in his new position as Nashville Mayor John Cooper's Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff.