Sabrina Philson is Chief of Staff for the Bronx, NY State Assembly Member Michael Blake. She is also the Principal and Co-Founder of Epsilon Advisors, LLC, a strategic planning, new business development and advocacy consulting firm focused on Minority and Women-Owned Businesses.
A native of Washington, DC, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sabrina has two decades of experience in financial services and management consulting. While at JP Morgan Chase, Sabrina was the Chief Financial Officer for the Private Bank’s Liquidity Products Group and Vice-President of the Strategic Advisory Group, an internal management consulting team. Sabrina led the team that designed executive management analytics for strategic planning, process reengineering, and profitability analysis. After over a decade in finance, Sabrina joined Bill Lynch Associates, a Minority-Owned public relations and political affairs firm, as the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Client Services. Leveraging her experience in organizational management and politics, Sabrina has also managed political campaigns.
Driven by a desire to promote educational equity for students of color, Sabrina assisted in the creation of three charter high schools and a charter management organization in Brooklyn, NY. Recognized for her experience in charter school management, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education invited her to instruct national charter school leaders on financial management in their annual Charter Schools Institute, for three consecutive years.
With a passion for non-profit board governance and strategic planning, Sabrina has worked with dozens of non-profit organizations as a facilitator and trainer, executive coach, management consultant and Board Member. She has served in a variety of board positions including Board President, Treasurer, Audit and Finance Committee Chairperson and also trains non-profit Trustees on governance, strategic planning and financial management.
As part of her personal mission to promote financial literacy and entrepreneurship in communities of color, Sabrina co-founded a non-profit, Beyond the Bling, Inc., to empower youth through financial literacy. She taught Beyond the Bling’s curriculum to the Harlem Educational Activities Fund’s high school students from 2008-2012. Sabrina also instructed entrepreneurs through the Harlem Commonwealth Council and NYC Business Solutions entrepreneurship training programs.
Sabrina heeds her mother’s advice that “each generation must do their part to pick up the mantle of activism”. She is inspired by the activism and political curiosity that she witnesses in youth, especially in her high school son, Julian.