Lucretia Murphy is a director in the Building Economic Opportunity Group at Jobs for the Future, helping low-skilled adults advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. Dr. Murphy's work focuses on place-based initiatives, developing integrated education and workforce development pathways that enable young people and adults to earn credentials that are in high demand in their local economy. This work also includes addressing structural barriers to success for individuals of low-income and of color.
Prior to working for JFF, Dr. Murphy was the executive director of the See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Schools. As executive director, Dr. Murphy oversaw the operations of three schools—a middle school, high school, and school for young adults aged 16-24—that served young people either at risk of drop out or who have already dropped out of school. In this role, Dr. Murphy also served on policy and program committees with district agencies to develop policies to support the success of opportunity youth in the District of Columbia. Prior to serving as executive director, Dr. Murphy worked for Jobs for the Future, advancing community efforts to improve outcomes for opportunity youth. Dr. Murphy also did research and programming for the Kellogg Forum for Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. Dr. Murphy has a Ph.D.in higher education policy from the University of Michigan, a J.D. From the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S.F.S in International Politics, Law and Organization from Georgetown University.