PHILLIP O'NEAL FOR CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL
Phillip O’Neal was born and raised in the dynamic city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Phillip started out with a humble beginning, in a home full of love as the last child of five. His mother, Monica D. O’Neal, who is a retired Cincinnati Public Schools teacher and his father, Rousseau A O’Neal III, served as Pastor of Rockdale Baptist Church, a local civil rights leader, union representative and Forest Park City Council Member. His parents taught him the importance of service. Serving his community is a passion and it is evident in his work.
Phillip is a proud alum of Walnut Hills High School and graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations. As a public relations student, he would frequently attend meetings with council members, mayors and senators with his father. Phillip even had the privilege of driving Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. around during his visits to Cincinnati. What solidified his future in politics was meeting Former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Coming from a long lineage of community servants, Phillip has always had a heart for the people and it shows in everything he does. He currently serves as the Athletic Director for Western Hills High School and Dater Montessori where he teaches his students and coaches the “gold standard” of being in the right place, at the right time, saying and doing the right thing. He has been working within Cincinnati Public Schools for 9 years serving as a paraprofessional for children with disabilities, a substitute teacher and coach. He is the Communications and Networking chair for the Minority Athletic Director Association (MADA) and is also First Lieutenant Ordnance officer in the Ohio Army National Guard. Most recently, he was presented the opportunity to serve the city of Cincinnati providing food to families at the Freestore Foodbank every day from March to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Growing up in the church and with faith as his foundation, he serves as Deacon at Rockdale Baptist Church in Avondale. What he is most proud of is the family he has built with his wife, Kayla, of 9 years and two children, Phillip (7) and Knox (1).
Phillip is ready to bring a fresh new perspective to the city of Cincinnati. His ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between older and younger generations. He truly believes the people of Cincinnati deserve the best and wants them all to thrive. With the support of his Cincinnati family, he plans to do everything in his power to make that a reality.