Meet Our Policy Fellow and Intern

reginald white
policy fellow

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 DEPompei
policy intern

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.