Phil West

Philip West joined the board in 2016. He is chair of the Head's Review Committee and serves on the Diversity Committee, and AuditCommittee.

Phil is chairman of the international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He is regarded as one of the premier international tax lawyers in the country, representing both domestic and foreign clients. Phil served for nearly four years in the Clinton Administration as the Treasury Department’s International Tax Counsel, the senior international tax lawyer in the U.S. government. Phil also led for several years the U.S. delegation and a multilateral working group at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and on other missions.

Phil has law degrees from Georgetown and New York Law Schools and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York. He serves on the Board of Washington Performing Arts and has taught at Georgetown, G.W., Harvard, Michigan, NYU, and other law schools and has written and spoken extensively for professional audiences.

Phil and his wife Barbara Yellen are the proud parents of three GDS “lifers.”


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.