Emily Murphy is a proud Seattle native and graduate from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She began her work in civic engagement as a self defense instructor for the Seattle-based anti-violence organization Home Alive.
In 2006, she went on to coordinate the Neighborhood Organizing Practicum in Kalamazoo, interned consecutive summers for the NW Energy Coalition and worked as a research consultant on housing issues for the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP). Emily volunteered as a Legal Assistant for the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project where she worked with pro-bono attorneys on eviction defense. In 2010, she became a stalwart contributor to the Washington Bus, where she worked on Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s (D-34th LD) successful campaign and co-chaired the Bus’ Voter Engagement Committee running the Pledge to Vote Campaign.
Emily was the lead Organizer at the Tenants Union of Washington where she organized low-income tenants in subsidized housing and lead the Healthy Homes for All campaign aimed at creating a Rental Housing Inspection Program in the City of Seattle. Emily is a 2012 Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF) graduate, a six month policy and campaign training program for young leaders.
A resident of the 37th Legislative District, Emily is passionate about undoing systemic poverty and racism through grassroots activism and sound public policy. Emily enjoys spending time in Seattle public parks, going to local music shows and rooting on Husky football and basketball.