Alexandrea Murphy joined the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2019. She works with public and private partners to build policy and systems change to promote positive child development. Prior to moving West, she served as United Way of Metro Chicago's Director of Health, managing a portfolio of agencies dedicated to primary, behavioral and mental health care and childhood obesity prevention. She led initiatives to expand access to health care through federal, state, and private foundation grants and partnerships. She also spearheaded an effort to secure funding to translate the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into policies and practices that foster resilience within the fields of education, justice and health.
She's committed to social justice and systems change and began her public health career working with youth and families at the Harlem Children's Zone in New York City and in public schools in Chicago. Outside of work, Alex loves to run and to take long walks with her dog, Frankie, and husband, Kyle. She's passionate about building connections and fostering relationships and serves as a team leader with a running club called Back on My Feet. Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running and community support. Prior to living in Denver, Alex has lived, studied, and worked in Chicago (DePaul University, B.S), New York, New Haven (Yale School of Public Health, MPH), and Detroit.