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Erin Murphy

Social Change Advocate and Strategic Communicator

ABOUT ME

Advocate. Communicator. Strategist.

My approach to advocacy relies on partnerships, digital engagement, and strategic thinking. I have created and managed highly effective advocacy programs. My desire for equity and commitment to structural change led me to start my first internship at the International Rescue Committee in 2005 and fuels my work today. At heart, I am a translator and love communicating concepts to a wide range of audiences.

My kitty helping me work

My kitty helping me work

I also love travel, dinner parties, and my two kitties curled up on my lap on a chilly rainy evening.

I am also a new mom to a baby girl and learning how to balance my professional passions with my new mom priorities.

SKILLS

I AM GREAT AT SOME THINGS AND CONSTANTLY LEARNING OTHERS

Strategic Communications
85
Digital Strategy
85
Project Management
70
Community Engagement
90
Public Presenting
90
Program Evaluation
60

I USE TECHNOLOGY TO TELL STORIES AND SPARK SOCIAL CHANGE

I value collaboration, transparency, and creativity which is seen throughout my skill set.

EXPERIENCE

HOW I'VE ARRIVED WHERE I AM NOW

YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish

Director of Community Engagement

Established a new team and new programs, providing leadership to 5 direct reports and overseeing the agency's strategy in volunteer management, in-kind donations, community outreach and giving campaigns, and policy advocacy.

Implemented Gates Foundation $250k 3 year grant to produce Firesteel, the statewide digital advocacy network for nine Washington YWCAs.

2011 - 2015
2010 - Present

Seattle Against Slavery

President of the Board

From 2010-2011, I served as the Advocacy Manager and collaborated with key stakeholders to direct policy strategy.

In 2012, I joined the board and currently serve as the president of the board, providing strategic governance guidance and accountability.

PAUSE Art Program

Co-Director

Planned, secured donations for, marketed, and directed a celebratory art event featuring 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the village of Ngecha, Kenya, with live African music. Over 300 people attended, 60 pieces sold, and $7,000 raised.

Empowered artists to develop their website and conducted website maintenance trainings in Ngecha, Kenya.

2009-2011
2010-2011

University of Washington

TA: American Ethnic Studies Department

Curriculum Planning and Classroom Facilitation for 25-65 students.

Courses taught include: Intro to Chicano Studies, Contemporary Problems of Asian Americans, and Intro to the Cultures of American Ethnic Studies Groups.

University of Washington

Program Assistant: African Studies Department

Collaborate with UW faculty to manage department.

Coordinated and co-directed 8 week summer study abroad program in Nairobi for 15 students.

Coordinated and marketed 15+ events; website maintenance.

2009-2010
2007-2008

International Rescue Committee

Community Resource Coordinator-Americorps VISTA

Directed all volunteer management and in kind donations to support newly arrived refugee families.

Cambio Strategies

Principal Consultant

Promoting social change by supporting organizations and community groups via strategic communications, facilitation, and training.

Specialization in advocacy messaging, digital content strategy and storytelling, and community engagement.

2016 - Present
0
Years Nonprofit Experience
0
Advocacy Campaigns
0
Advocacy Award

EDUCATION

I'm a (triple) Dawg!

Master of Public Administration

University of Washington

2011

Thesis: Kenyan Visual Artists as Human Rights Actors.

 

Master of International Studies

University of Washington

2011

Human Rights and East Africa specialization

Certificate of International Development

University of Washington

2011

Capstone completed in collaboration with the Gates Foundation.

Bachelor of Arts

University of Washington

2005

American Ethnic Studies (Chicano Studies) major; Music minor. Honors.

 

PORTFOLIO

Content expertise in the areas of homelessness, human trafficking, and gender equity

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