Homeport Employee Profile: Craig Murphy

Title: Senior Vice President of Operations and Programs

Craig's daughter drew his caricature

Craig's daughter drew his caricature

Responsibilities: As the Chief Operating Officer, it’s my job to research, model, promote, and integrate industry best practices at Homeport.  That causes me to have a wide range of responsibilities and among those that I value most highly is making sure our people (our staff and residents) have what they need to be successful. 

What do you like most about the organization?

I’ve always aspired to spend my career doing something that makes sense to me—contributing toward a social good while satisfying my need for innovation and collaboration.  I’ve worked for almost 12 years at Homeport and I find that spirit here.   It’s evident in its purpose (mission); it can be found in the people (our staff, volunteers, and residents), and the passion—the overwhelming effort put forward every day by the team.

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

I’ve been a part of some very special things at Homeport.  Success happens when there’s the right alignment of people, talents, and resources.  As a team with the right alignment, we successfully launched the redevelopment of the North of Broad and American Addition neighborhoods, which like any successful real estate venture; it continues to build upon its early wins.  With the support of great partners, like Huntington Bank, we structured an innovate use of the New Markets Tax Credit program.  This created ready-access to low-interest capital to acquire and develop a volume of property that was previously inaccessible to us.

I’m also proud of the teams within Homeport, as we are becoming more focused around three primary areas of impact that we wish to support with our residents.  Those are creating stronger financial outcomes, higher-levels of educational attainment, and better health outcomes for our residents.  This speaks to our collective and practical thinking around impact.  Homeport serves thousands of people every year.  Homeport staff continues to ask how we can better serve our clients and residents; how can we take a smarter approach to our work; how can we be more efficient, and where are we best positioned to have the greatest impact on our mission.  As a leader, my contributions are currently being shaped through my studies at the Harvard Kennedy School through the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence program.

Favorite things you do outside of work?

My favorite thing outside of work is to make my wife and three daughters laugh.   Levity and brevity are my friends.  My daughters are ages 2, 8, and 11 and at this point in my life, there’s a steady flow of art projects, athletics, music lessons, school work, fashion, friends,  and drama swirling around my home.  My family makes me laugh; they bring me joy, and they inspire me to do my best.