Florida Advocacy Organizers
Heather Murphy serves as the Florida advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership working to build, strengthen and maintain a state network of diverse organizations, public agencies and partners. Her work focuses on leveraging funding for bicycle and pedestrian construction projects (including the award and obligation of federal Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements funds), promoting Complete Streets and street-scale improvements and advancing joint use/shared use policies – all with an emphasis on lower-income communities.
Heather served as the Florida Network Organizer from January 2010 through December 2011, while also working as an independent consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), specifically on the ACHIEVE Initiative. Since this time, Heather continued to work for NACDD while also staying involved in the SRTS Florida Network. Prior to her work with NACDD, Heather worked for the Florida Department of Health for 14 years; the last eight years in chronic disease prevention, managing and providing over site for a federally funded program. The latter years were spent working in obesity prevention and worksite wellness.
Prior to her work with the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Heather worked with the Florida Tobacco Pilot Program, which is a youth-based program focused on tobacco prevention. In this role she served as a consultant to county community partnerships within the state, providing technical assistance, and monitoring for compliance with polices related to tobacco prevention. In addition, she provided support to communities regarding the development of local partnerships, program policies and professional education.
Heather enjoys spending time with her family and is an active participant in her children's activities both in and out of school. She is a regular volunteer at the elementary school her youngest child attends, and in her spare time enjoys being outside in her garden.