SACRAMENTO – The California Environmental Justice League today announced it has hired Devin T. Murphy to serve as the 501(c) nonprofit’s executive director.

“Climate change poses an existential threat to life on planet Earth,” said League Board Member Cliff Oakes. “Devin’s proven leadership will help to swiftly and effectively move the League’s mission of environmental justice forward.”

Murphy was elected to the Pinole City Council in 2020.  Prior to being elected, he served as a Pinole’s planning commissioner.  Murphy also served as an appointee of the Pinole City Council and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.  In that position, he was responsible for overseeing $1.6 billion in funding from voter-approved bond measures preparing for generations to come. Murphy also founded Visit Pinole, a campaign to support economic growth and vitality of small businesses in the city.  As a small business owner, he has helped businesses and nonprofits thrive and grow.

“Environmental Justice can no longer be put on the backburner,” said Murphy.  “I’m passionate about raising awareness around this pressing issue and driving positive change.”

The mission of the Environmental Justice League is to:

·         raise awareness of environmental impacts on our diverse communities and seek solutions to ensure that historic injustices borne by people of color are not repeated;

·         build a multi-disciplinary network of state, local and community organizations who can help advance environmental objectives from the perspective of healthcare, socio-economics, cultural diversity, and more; and

·         drive practical, affordable, and sustainable environmental policies through advocacy, coalition building and public awareness.

For more information, visit www.EnvironmentalJusticeLeague.org.