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Special District

Tuolumne Utilities DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Lisa Murphy

9,926 votes (20.08%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance and improve water security
  • Develop partnerships and seek out grant funding for future projects for the benefit of the community
  • Be a representative of the rate payers and the county tax payers on the TUD Board of Directors



Profession:Adjunct Professor at Columbia College
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia College - Forestry and Natural Resource department (2018–current)
Park Ranger, Supervisor of Mather District Interpretation, Yosemite National Park (2010–2018)
Teacher (various positions held within SLV Charter), San Lorenzo Valley School District (2005–2010)
Park Ranger, Interpretation (seasonal employment), Yosemite National Park (2000–2009)
Treasurer and Board member of AEOE -statewide organization, AEOE - Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (for California) — Elected position (2000–2006)
Director of CoRE School (Coastal Redwood Environmental School), Ben Lomond Quaker Center (2003–2005)


Stephen F. Austin State University Masters Degree, Masters of Science in Resource Interpretation & certificate: Science and the Public Interface (2016)
Fresno Pacific University Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Supplementary authorization in science and English (1998)
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bachelor Degree, Liberal Studies, agriculture (1993)

Community Activities

TOPS Instructor (teaching science and math through bat curriculum), Tuolumne County office of Superintendent (2018–2020)


My lifelong passion for the outdoors and my love of teaching and learning led me to earn a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters of Science in Resource Interpretation. While serving in positions in the National Park Service, in academic institutions, and as a grant writer and recipient, I have learned the need for diligent and accurate record keeping and reporting. I value communication, honesty, transparency, and resourcefulness as imperative to our community’s prosperity. As a TUD Director, I will bring those values to the table.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


As a 4th generation Californian, I learned the value of water from my grandfather who homesteaded in the Mojave Desert. During my college years, I experienced the economic impacts of the lack of reliable water during a decade-long building moratorium in San Luis Obispo. And while working in the Rim Fire as a federal Public Information Officer, I know firsthand how to work effectively in a high functioning team under extreme conditions. 

TUD and our county are in unprecedented times. With your vote, I will put my abilities to work on your behalf as a TUD Director. TUD is facing big, complex, multi-agency decisions and we need to keep water and sewer safe and reliable. I aim to make thoughtful decisions for the greatest good in our community.  

Videos (1)

— September 30, 2020 Lisa Murphy

This is a video of a powerpoint where Lisa unveils why she is running for the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Director annd why you should vote for her for 1 of the 3 seats available in this election.

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