Former City Year Executive Director Named Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff


City Year Washington, DC is excited about yesterday’s announcement that former City Year Washington, DC Executive Director Chris Murphy has been named Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Chief of Staff.

Murphy is an alumnus of City Year (’88) and served as the founding City Year Washington, DC Executive Director from 2000 to 2008.  During his tenure at City Year, Murphy more than doubled the size of the program, from 32 corps members in 2000 to 75 corps members serving in Washington, DC by 2007.  Under his leadership, City Year corps members provided critical services, such as tutoring and mentoring, to more than 40,000 students.  Since stepping down as Executive Director in 2008, Murphy has remained a committed board member and trusted mentor to current Executive Director Jeff Franco, who said:

Chris Murphy did an amazing job leading City Year.  I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to seek his advice and strategic guidance over the past three years as we have continued to grow City Year so that more DC Public School students can have a near-peer tutor, mentor and role model in their lives.  City Year Washington, DC would not have 160 corps members serving 4,500 students each year if it were not for the foundation built by Chris Murphy.

City Year’s staff, board members, and corps members congratulate Chris Murphy on his appointment as Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff and are proud of his continued service to the people of the District of Columbia.  Senior Corps Member Jennifer Upchurch attended the press conference and shares the following reflection:

I realized Mr. Murphy’s passion for the city of Washington, DC was strongly rooted in his association with City Year.  As he thanked City Year for being there to support him in his new position, I felt as though it was unwarranted; we were the ones that should be thanking him.  He has not only done so much for our organization, but for the entire city of Washington, DC. Thank you is simply not enough.

As he mentioned that his own children are DC Public School students, it all came full circle.  We’re all working together, from corps members to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, to move DC forward.  So while thank you can never be enough, I say it anyway: thank you Mr. Murphy for all you have done for the Washington, DC community, it was one of my proudest moments to be wearing my red jacket.

Congratulations, and we look forward to all the wonderful things you will continue to do for this city!

Related News:
City Year Washington, DC corps members made it on camera on NBC News
Washington Post: Mayor Gray appoints new chief of staff and deputy

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