Phil Janowicz

Phil Janowicz


Editor’s Note: This biography was provided by the candidate’s office.

Phil Janowicz is President and CEO of Quill and Abacus, an education consulting firm focused on narrowing the opportunity gap for first-generation and low-income students. He is also a former chemistry teacher who taught as a professor at California State University Fullerton.

Phil began his career in education while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after he was chosen as one of only three students in his chemistry class to be a teaching assistant. After he earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in both Brain and Cognitive Science, and Chemistry from MIT, he went on to get his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. There, he pioneered the first fully online Organic Chemistry course, attracting students from all over the world.

Phil then moved to Orange County to teach at Cal State Fullerton. There he founded the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program for Chemistry, which provides extra instruction and support for students. During his time at Cal State Fullerton, Phil mentored over 100 students in both the SI program and his research lab. Phil’s commitment to his students and his innovative teaching style led him to be honored with the Sony Electronics Award for Innovative Teaching in Technology.

However, after seeing his students struggle to balance full-time schooling with the high-cost and pressures of basic necessities, Phil realized that he could draw more attention to the important issues and find better solutions through public service. Phil is dedicated to improving affordability and increasing access to both education and healthcare. It was through coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act that allowed Phil to pursue entrepreneurship. He is committed to working to ensure everyone has the same
opportunities to succeed. Phil is the only Democratic challenger in CA-39 who voted against Ed Royce in 2016.

Phil currently lives in Buena Park with his wife, Angela, a native of Rowland Heights and an English teacher at Fullerton College. They have two dogs, Molly and Jasmine and a cat named Arya.

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