Julia Murphy, AICP is the City of San Antonio Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer working on the city’s first climate action and adaptation plan, focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, green infrastructure, and air quality. She envisioned EVSA, San Antonio’s electric vehicle program that includes new publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and helped establish the Mayor’s Youth Council for Climate Initiatives. Additional career projects she has led include conserving land over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, implementing the first bike sharing system in Texas, establishing the Hardberger Park Conservancy, and coordinating the preservation and adaptative reuse of an historic farm. Murphy has been an invited speaker at state, national and international events and has published articles about natural resource conservation initiatives in the Texas Hill Country.
Murphy holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Urban Sustainability Directors Network and Urban Land Institute. Before pursuing a career in urban and regional planning, she worked in corporate retail in the United States and abroad. She calls San Antonio her hometown, and in 2020 was honored to be named Northside Independent School District’s Pillar of Citizenship.