Dr. Phillip Knight, LPC
Executive Director, Food Bank Council of Michigan
Licensed Professional Counselor – Michigan
Certified Leadership Trainer, John Maxwell EQUIP
Wesley College Basketball Hall of Fame, inducted in 2007
Driven by the unfathomable belief that we can, together, solve hunger in Michigan, Dr. Phil Knight serves as the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM). This statewide nonprofit organization provides advocacy and influence on behalf of the state’s food banks and improves access to nutritious food for over 1.6 million Michiganders.
Featuring innovative leaders from government, industry and nonprofit organizations, Food First is a platform for sharing ideas and, more importantly, solutions to end food insecurity. Dr. Knight is a tireless advocate, believing that Michigan, the nation’s second most diverse agricultural state, can prove that hunger is not bigger than we are, better than we are and not beyond us to solve.
Dr. Knight also serves as an adjunct professor in psychology, philosophy, counseling, and cultural issues. He is the author of “The Diamond Life,” a leadership workbook designed to grow the next generation of leaders from within an organization, and hosts a weekly show, Leadership Lowdown, on the Michigan Business Network.
His passion for ending hunger began in 1994 with work in East Africa. He led efforts to build the first schools, medical clinic and community health centers in the Bavuma Islands of Lake Victoria, Uganda, East Africa. Over the course of nine years, Dr. Knight learned that having enough food is only part of the solution to ending hunger.
His work from 2003 to the present includes success in conflict resolution and team building, lobbying, political campaign strategy and fundraising, trade association establishment and management, and international leadership development. His leadership has garnered new strategic partners, resulting in game-changing advances and successful mentoring relationships.
A voracious reader, Dr. Knight enjoys a spirited discussion. He is an avid golfer and loves spending time up north with his wife, Christy.