Phil Ballman

Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Queens Borough President’s Office

Phil Ballman is the Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism for Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and an internationally recognized performing arts professional with over two decades of experience as drummer and percussionist, concert and event producer, entrepreneur, and educator. As a musician, Ballman is best known for his drum set work with the Grammy-nominated afrobeat band, Antibalas, and has performed, recorded, and toured with diverse artists such as Cyro Baptista, Baaba Maal, Manhattan Samba Group, Gamelan Hanuman Agung, Femi Kuti, and producer Ticklah.