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Jesse McDonald Jr. 2023 Award 
Rodney Murphy


Rodney Murphy is a Fresno native from the golden Westside of the city. Mr. Murphy is employed as a full-time Equal Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) counselor at Fresno City College and is also an adjunct professor at Fresno State. Additionally, he is registered as a Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor Associate (LPCCA) in the State of California.

He is currently the President of “A Little Love”, a nonprofit organization in Fresno. He has served on several other boards and committees, most noticeably the Take a Stand Committee and Fresno City College’s African American Faculty and Staff Association. From 2018-2020 he was an active member of Mayor Lee Brand’s Community Policing Safety Advisory Board where he advocated for police reform in West Fresno.


Mr. Murphy’s personal experiences, attributes, and educational journey have provided him with the critical thinking skills needed to impact any individual or organization in a positive manner. To this end, he is on a mission to serve his purpose as determined by God with honor and integrity. He has vowed to always give his entire unsurpassed best effort in hope of making the community he loves a better place for all residents to live and prosper.


Mr. Murphy holds an associates degree in Business and African Studies from Fresno City College. A bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies, a bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the prestigious Craig School of Business, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling all from California State University, Fresno. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology at Grand Canyon University.

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