Brianna Murphy is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She majored in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While Murphy is a policy generalist, she is interested in social policy, particularly in the context of labor policy and wealth distribution. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a consumer protection investigator (Opioid Project position). She is currently taking “Philanthropy and Social Change,” which examines how philanthropic organizations interact in the public, private and policy spheres, and whether philanthropy can be directed to decrease overall social and economic inequality. Murphy is also taking “Legislative Development,” in which she is researching ways to strengthen the middle class and drafting a legislative proposal.

Murphy hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC working for a think tank that provides objective, empirically based policy recommendations.

Policy interests: Labor policy, wealth distribution, affordable housing


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