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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Virginia Institute of Government

Mike Murphy's Biography

Mike Murphy is the Director of Inclusion & Community Programs at the CFA Institute and Principal at IDEA Minds. He has dedicated 25 years as a local government leader in the City of Charlottesville.  He exhibited leadership that consistently identified and addressed issues impacting marginalized communities. Mike received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Virginia studying Communication and Community Based Counseling. He worked as a counselor, program manager, agency director, department head, and administrator for local government.  Mike is currently focusing his professional energy on educating individuals and building their skills to create more inclusive environments.

He created many community-based programs and served as an evaluator and funder for over two decades. Mike has extensive experience in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, residential and community-based programs, emergency management, workplace readiness, housing and homelessness, assisting vulnerable populations, and promoting self-sufficiency with low-income residents. He has a proven track record of facilitating inclusive community conversations on a variety of topics and navigating to successful outcomes. He helped create a local Human Rights Ordinance Office and Commission. Mike worked to facilitate the approval of same sex couples as foster parents and to ensure appropriate services for LGBTQ youth.  He supported law enforcement and criminal justice policy reform for the fair treatment of undocumented immigrants.  As the Interim City Manager, he launched an initiative to improve organizational equity and create a new department in city government.  

Mike enjoys working with individuals and groups of all sizes on inclusion and diversity programs, nonprofit evaluation, group facilitation, leadership, coaching, employee learning, managing crisis and change management.