Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist
Phillip Steinbruckner was born and raised in Minnesota. They graduated from Minnesota North Star Academy (currently Metro Deaf School). During this time, they joined junior and seniors students traveling to Paris, where they learned about their food, culture, and people. It gave them a rich experience to understand diversity. Phillip attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Liberal Arts in Political Science and they also completed Certified Massage Therapy from Aveda Institute of Minneapolis.
Phillip volunteered for PrideAlive to packing safe sex package, DeafP@rk in studying Deaf MSM from University of Minnesota, and Deaf Red Ribbon for annual World Deaf AIDS Day. In college, they participated in Socialist Alternative and Join the Impact grassroots, including a march event for Stonewall to stand LGBTQ movement on Hennepin Ave (from Uptown to Loring Park). They worked for Medical Transportation Management Customer Service Representative and retail sales associate for almost three years. Phillip also enjoyed attending many Lobby Day events and advocating for the community. They volunteered work to save MN Substance Use Disorder Residential Treatment Program and scheduled meeting with legislators. They has long been proactive and sent out petition that received over 8K signed and resulted in many letters written to support the treatment program. They decided transition to hearing program with some direct communication access.
"Advocacy and activism is the most fun part for me. I work hard make sure Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing receive equal rights. I believe in every DDBHH have the right to know what Minnesota’s Capitol is, everyone's house. The gift of hope that I believe in Minnesota DDBHH's rights to access to information. I am honored to work for the Commission to provide support and diversity in my community. I believe in investing in advocacy and action."