District 24 is made up of the neighborhoods I grew up in, the parks I played in, and the library I read in. Growing up I lived on West Hillwood Drive with my parents, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Murphy, and my older brother, Kris. My dad currently lives in the house he grew up in on South Wilson Blvd. I've lived on Orlando Ave. since 2007 in the White Bridge Road Neighborhood Association Area.
Public service has always been a part of my family. My father served in the Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1970-1986 and represented most of West Nashville. After attending Father Ryan High School and graduating from Hillsboro High School in 2003, I attended Spring Hill College. While in college, I was an intern for Congressman Jim Cooper in both in Nashville and Washington D.C. offices. In the spring of 2006, I came home to intern for my family’s government relations firm. Knowing I wanted to do advocacy work, I transferred to Belmont University in 2006 and started working for our family firm. I graduated from Belmont in 2007.
For the past 12 years, I have worked as an advocate at the State Legislature. I have worked on issues ranging from mandatory hearing screenings for newborns, promoting immigrant and refugee rights legislation and expanding disability presumptions for fire fighters and EMS workers. While as a member of the Davidson County Mental Health and Veteran Court Foundation, I worked to pass legislation for dedicated funding for Veteran's Treatment Courts--the first of it’s kind in the Country. I now work as the Director of Government Affairs for the Tennessee Nurses Association. My experience working at the state level to get things done has helped prepare me to successfully advocate for our district. I know how to bring all sides to the table and work together.
I have learned that working together and finding common ground is key to success in government and will be key to success in our neighborhoods. Being a council member is about working to achieve what is best for all of us. If we want to continue being the “it” city, we will all have to work together to find solutions not only for the big issues but also for the “little stuff” that makes living in Nashville so great and encourages more people to move here every day.
2015-2017 Chair of the Personnel, Public Information, Human Relations, and Housing Metro Council Committee
2015-2019 Member of the Personnel, Public Information, Human Relations, and Housing Metro Council Committee
2015-2019 Member of the Parks, Libraries and Recreation Metro Council Committee
2015-2019 Member of the Planning, Zoning and Historical Metro Council Committee
2018-2019 Vice Chair of the Planning, Zoning and Historical Metro Council Committee
2015-2019 Member of the Rules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Metro Council Committee
2015-2017 Metro Council Executive Committee
2015-2019 Greenways Commission Member
2016-2017 Vice Chair of the Metro Council Women's Caucus
2018-2019 Chair of the Metro Council Women’s Caucus
Downtown Rotary Member
Former Board Member for Nashville for All of Us
Former Board Member of the Davidson County Veteran’s Treatment and Mental Health Court Foundation.
Volunteer Mentor for Hillsboro High School Youth in Government
Former Volunteer Book 'em Reader for Park Ave. Elementary School
2015 Gold Star Volunteer of the Year Award for the Davidson County Veteran's Treatment Court and Mental Health Court Foundation
Currently attend St. Ann's Parish on Charlotte Ave (I was the first alter girl at the Cathedral of Incarnation on West End and went to St. Henry's for grade school.)
2011 nominee for the Athena Young Professional Leader Award recognizing emerging female leaders across professional sectors for exemplary leadership in line with the Athena mission.
Graduate of the Nashville Young Leaders Council in 2012
Intern Board Member for Oasis Center 2012
2013 Tennessee State Fair Ribbon winner for sewing
Attended Fire Ops 101 training in 2012 and 2011, a program to teach and engage the public and policy makers on how public safety works in Tennessee
Former Volunteer with RBI Baseball and Preston Taylor Ministries
Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” Award
2018 Humane Legislator Award from The Humane Society of the United States