Phillip Carter serves as in-house counsel at Google, where his work supports Google public sector.

Professor Carter has a diverse background in law, policy, and public service. He began his career as an Army officer, serving for more than 9 years, including a combat deployment (2005-06) in Iraq as an embedded adviser with the Iraqi police. He later practiced acquisition and procurement law in the private sector, managed a start-up government contractor supporting DoD and other agencies, and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy. Professor Carter has led research programs at the RAND Corporation and the Center for a New American Security, where his work focused on acquisition, health, and personnel policy issues. Most recently, prior to joining Google, Professor Carter managed the public sector legal teams at Salesforce and at Tableau Software.

Professor Carter has served on the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) and currently serves on the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI). In 2020-21, he served as part of the Biden-Harris transition team, as senior adviser on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agency review team.

Professor Carter currently teaches a course on corporate national security law, and a practicum on military personnel and veterans policy. He earned a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.