Devin T. Murphy
Devin is running for Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder because he believe we must fight for the survival of our democracy. Devin is a social entrepreneur, civic technologist, and serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Pinole. Devin is the product of a union worker and small business owner, and understands the value of hard work. As a child, he watched his mother, a social worker, advocate for the needs of vulnerable children, seniors, and families across California. This instilled in him early the values of service and making your voice heard when it comes to doing what’s right.
Devin’s work in democracy reform began at age 16 before he was able to vote. He pursued higher education at UCLA, where he was elected as Student Body President. Devin has spent his professional career advocating for climate justice, democracy reform, tech equity, equitable development, and criminal justice reform. In 2018, he was selected as a Technology & Democracy Fellow by the Harvard University Ash Center for Democracy Governance & Innovation to explore technology’s role in advancing democratic institutions and help Americans – especially young people – build crucial technological skills. In November 2020, he was elected to the Pinole City Council, receiving the highest number of votes in Pinole’s history.
Since being elected, Devin has championed participatory budgeting, strategic planning centered around equitable economic development, and regional climate action. Beyond his public service, Devin leads a team of technologists who work with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to help communities navigate social safety net programs, voting, and COVID-19 vaccination and testing.