Philip Dufour


As President of The Dufour Collaborative, one of the nation’s premier event experience design firms, Philip Dufour brings his signature style to every event. With formal training in graphic design and professional experience spanning government affairs, corporate relations, and event production, Philip marries strategic and diplomatic sensibilities with a finely-tuned design aesthetic to create experiences that move, delight, and unite people.

During the Clinton-Gore administration, Philip served as Social Secretary to the Vice President of the United States. He was the first male and first openly LGBTQ person to serve in this role. While in this position, he coordinated all special events at the Vice President’s Residence, including foreign and domestic policy exchanges, as well as official visits with heads of state, foreign dignitaries, corporate leaders, and Members of Congress. He also served as Tipper Gore’s Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing her official schedule and accompanying Mrs. Gore on foreign missions and domestic trips.

Prior to creating The Dufour Collaborative, Philip co-founded the J Street Group, LLC in 2005. This followed his tenure as Director of Development and Events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he led a 10+ person staff in creating, planning, and managing high-visibility development events that attracted major celebrities, garnered extensive media coverage, and raised more than $8 million annually.

Earlier in his career, Philip served in the Office of Protocol at the Department of State, as the first Director of Events for the Human Rights Campaign, and as a Capitol Hill Press Secretary.

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