Rick Phillips is the founder and former Executive Director of Community Matters. He is the lead author of Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence. Rick has been interviewed on The Today Show, CNN, and many print, radio, and regional/national interview shows as an expert on violence prevention and empowering youth. Rick is also the author of “Ten Years after Columbine: School Violence-Prevention Report Card.”

As the creator and co-developer of the Safe School Ambassadors® Program, Rick has become a nationally recognized educator, speaker, facilitator, and trainer who brings years of expertise and practical experience to schools and communities across the continent and abroad. Rick has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at more than 500 national and state conferences.