Phyllis Dickerson

Chief of Staff to Mayor Mark Stodola
Little Rock, Arkansas

Phyllis Dickerson serves as Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Mark Stodola.  She was appointed to the position in November 2016 as the first African American female appointed to the position.  She is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Mayor’s office; performing research and analysis on a wide range of community and constituent issues; and providing professional support in the coordination and implementation of special programs and initiatives for the Mayor’s short and long range goals and objectives.

In her previous position, she served as the Special Events & Program Coordinator for the City of Little Rock. In that capacity, she was responsible for planning the Central High Integration 50th Anniversary. She also facilitated the planning process for the 2006 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Conclave, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators 2008 Forum. Phyllis has served in a variety of capacities as a consultant, including the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock, Philander Smith College, Clinton Foundation, and many other organizations.

Prior to her career in municipal government, she worked in the private sector for Gap, Inc. as a General Manager. She was also responsible for opening Gap and Old Navy stores around the country and recruiting and training their management teams. Phyllis has worked for two first families as an Advance Staffer. She worked for the Clintons and the Obamas in the planning of all their logistics for high profile trips, including trips abroad.

In 2001, Phyllis received a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University, and she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from the University of Central Arkansas. She is also a 1982 graduate of Little Rock Central High School.

She currently serves on the Board for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and served on the NFBPA Strategic Planning Committee and as Chair of NFBPA’s Conference Planning & Evaluation Committee. She is a former Board member for the Delta Research & Education Foundation (DREF), and a current member of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she serves as an advocate for children with Sickle Cell Anemia Disease.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and watching westerns. Phyllis is single with no children.

Her mission is to continue to make Little Rock a great place to call home.

Phyllis Dickerson will be speaking at:

Build Strong Response Tactics For Catastrophic Events

- 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM ,

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