Meet Our Policy Fellow and Intern
Reginald White is a 2019 Urban Leaders Fellow. Previously, he served as policy fellow for Shelby Co. Commissioner Tami Sawyer and a kindergarten teacher for the TN Achievement School District in the Frayser community of Memphis. He began his career in education as a 2017 Memphis corps member for Teach For America, following five years working in Houston, TX, in corporate insurance and risk management for the marine and energy industry. Since moving to Tennessee, he has served as a summer policy and advocacy fellow at Stand For Children, as a Regional Strategy Team and Political Outreach Committee member for 9–0-ONE, the Organizing Network for Equity, and has worked on several successful political and issue campaigns. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, universal pre-K, achieving educational equity, and increasing civic engagement in marginalized communities.
Murphy is excited to be working as a Policy Intern for Conexión Américas with the Tennessee Education Equity Coalition. She grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, where she graduated valedictorian from Centennial High School. Murphy is currently a rising second year at the University of Chicago, studying Public Policy and Spanish. Her policy interests lie in the interconnectedness of immigration and climate change. Outside of work, Murphy enjoys singing, sports, and spending time with friends and family.