Philip DeVol has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997. He is coauthor of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities with Dr Ruby Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2004, he wrote Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves.
Phil works internationally with communities that apply Bridges Out of Poverty constructs, including sites in Canada, Australia, and Slovakia. This work builds on his 19 years as the director of an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, in which he designed treatment programs and collaborative systems for school-based prevention and community-based intervention as well as Ohio's first alternative school for recovering young people.