Phil Schiliro is an American political consultant and strategist. He has spent much of his career on the staff of prominent elected officials, including President Barack Obama.
He held four different positions under President Obama. Before the President took office, Schiliro was director of congressional relations for Obama's presidential transition team. From 2009 to February 2011, he served as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs. From February to December 2011 he was an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor. He left to become a private consultant. In December 2013 the White House announced that he was rejoining the President's staff on a short-term basis to work on health care issues. He stepped down in May 2014.
From the early 1980s until 2008, he served in a number of congressional staff positions, notably as Democratic Chief of Staff for the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as chief of staff to Representative Henry Waxman. In 2004, he worked as policy director for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle.
Schiliro is a graduate of Hofstra University and Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, Environmental Law. In the early 1990s he ran unsuccessfully for a Long Island congressional seat.
Schiliro was born August 6, 1956 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island. He and his wife, Jody, have one daughter.