Phil Dwyer knew from a young age that he wanted to dedicate his life to public service. Inspired by the support that he and his mother received following the passing of his father, Phil has worked to ensure that young men and women are afforded the same  resources and opportunities that he had growing up.


Phil’s commitment to community leadership led to a twenty-year career at the YMCA, where he retired as President and CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast branch in 2010. During his time serving as an executive at the YMCA, Phil led multiple global task forces that were responsible for identifying and serving communities in need. This work brought him around the world, where he gained an in-depth and nuanced understanding of the myriad difficulties that face young people in need. After joining the Central Connecticut Coast Branch, Phil managed multi-million dollar budgets, and oversaw major financial investments, including projects in Fairfield and New Haven county.


Soon after retiring, Phil joined the Fairfield Board of Education, eventually becoming the Chair in 2012. Before moving to Connecticut, Phil’s public service included serving on the Northampton County Council in PA, and the Rye, NY Board of Education.


For Phil, running for State Senator in the 28th district is an opportunity to continue his service to the community by acting  as a voice for those who have been marginalized by our current political system.


Phil and his wife Debby moved to Fairfield 24 years ago. They have two children, who both graduated from public schools.