Phil was born and raised in the heart of Kansas City—the youngest of three children. His parents provided a middle-class upbringing in a tight-knit neighborhood based on strong community values. His dad, Kevin Glynn, was an attorney who believed in serving his clients and the community. His mom, Judy (Marsee) Glynn was a teacher and leader within the parish community of Visitation Catholic Church. Phil and his family are still members today.
Growing up, Phil’s parents taught him and his siblings to think of our City as an extension of their family. They would often visit the places that had shaped their family’s journey in America: the Stockyards where Grandpa Jim worked his whole career, his Mom’s childhood home in Kansas City, Kansas where Grandpa Ray’s foundation repair business was also headquartered, the house on Harrison where his Dad grew up.
Kevin and Judy raised Phil and his siblings to believe that their talents were not simply their own. Their talents were gifts from God meant to be shared with those around them. “To whom much is given, much is expected,” Phil’s mom would often remind them. This infused everything in Phil’s young life with a sense of joy and a sense of mission. Whether it was earning the rank of Eagle Scout, taking part in school plays or on the basketball court where his senior year he and his team mates fell just a few points short of winning a state championship.
After High School Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University. He was an editor of the school newspaper where he learned to ask tough questions of those in power and met the girlfriend who would later become Mrs. Elizabeth (Bland) Glynn. After college he returned with Elizabeth to Kansas City and they got to work. He helped start Heartland Democrats of America. This began a lifetime of activism that led Phil to become president of the Committee for County Progress and later a Jackson County Democratic Committeeman—a position he still holds today. After a few years he went back to school earning a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Phil also holds an executive certificate in negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Today Phil and Elizabeth have three children (Maeve, Zeke and Blythe) and they own a business together. Phil is president of Travois—a small business headquartered in Kansas City which has brought over $1 billion in investments to Senior housing, affordable family housing, childcare centers, hospitals and infrastructure across the Country.
The Glynn family lives in the heart of Kansas City with their golden doodle Deacon. As a husband and father, Phil is very active in our community through numerous charitable organizations and with his church. He loves to read everything from history to biographies to novels. He enjoys basketball whether it is cheering on the men and women UMKC Roos or his son Zeke’s 8-year-old team.