Phillip J. Wallace is a senior government affairs leader with extensive experience as a trusted policy & political advisor to Fortune #1 executives, venture capitalists, and accomplished entrepreneurs. Washingtonian Magazine recently named him one of the 500 Most Influential People Shaping Policy, recognizing Phillip for his significant understanding of how the nation’s capital works, with the goal of getting action.
Phillip currently serves as Director of Federal Government Affairs at Walmart, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), where he is responsible for representing the company’s public policy priorities before Congress, the Administration, media, business community, and external stakeholders. He also leads Walmart’s engagement with the Democratic Party, Democratic Caucuses in both chambers, and their respective political organizations.
Originally from Louisiana, Phillip started his public policy career as a US Senate staffer for the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship immediately after the BP Oil Spill devastated the southeast Gulf Coast. Under the leadership of Senator Mary Landrieu, he was proud to have connected over 500 distressed small business owners to federal government resources and worked through final passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which created the Small Business Lending Fund Program administered by the US Treasury Department. After his public service, Phillip went on to hold lobbyist management roles at venture capital firm Intellectual Ventures, Hyundai Motor Company, and AHRI (a global trade association representing all major HVAC manufacturers) before joining Walmart in October 2019.
Phillip serves on several boards, including the Corporate Advisory Committee at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, the North Carolina A&T University MEA Center of Excellence, and is Chair of the Washington Government Relations Group Foundation. He earned a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Southern University and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.