Phil Serna was elected to serve on the Sacramento County Board Supervisors in June 2010. In addition to his service on the Board of Supervisors, Phil participates on a number of other boards and commissions, including: Chairing the Sacramento First 5 Commission, serving on the boards of Sacramento Regional Transit, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Solid Waste Authority, and Sacramento Library Authority, just to name a few. In February 2013, he was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Air Resources Board.
Phil grew up in Sacramento's Curtis Park neighborhood and attended local schools. The son of Sacramento's first Latino mayor, Joe Serna, Jr., Phil developed an appreciation for public service at a very young age. His respect for his family's humble beginnings and their efforts working with Cesar Chavez to secure rights for farm workers also shaped Phil's desire to serve.
After completing his undergraduate studies at California State University, Sacramento, Phil earned a master's degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating with honors in 1994.