Sean Daniel Murphy on Receiving 40 Under 40 and Betting on People who Bet on People

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I am honored to be recognized as a 40 under 40 leader by the San Francisco Business Times.

To me, this recognition is first and foremost a testament to everyone who supports our work at ICA Fund Good Jobs. I believe that this work starts and ends with remarkable people and the course of my leadership journey has been paved with the support of my family, friends, incredible mentors and advisors, inspiring entrepreneurs, and my dedicated staff.

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I specifically want to thank Michael C. Bush, CEO of a Great Place to Work, who took a bet on me over 12 years ago and introduced me to my friend and former colleague Jose Corona, who is now Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships at the City of Oakland. It was Jose who first engaged me at ICA as a volunteer and later hired me.

I am grateful for the support of my team and my board, especially my board Co-Chairs: Jack Russi, National Managing Partner of Corporate Development at Deloitte, and Jim Harris, CEO of Olukai. As Jim reminded me early on, “with increased leadership comes increased responsibility,” and I am fortunate to have such mentors to guide my path.  

As an organization we work hard to create economic freedom for those who need it most, yet I recognize that I am accepting this award during a unique point in our country’s history, and a pivotal moment here in the greater Bay Area.

In this moment, we can choose to watch growth happen for some and celebrate traditional business success stories while others get left behind, or we can stick together, and collectively our community can show up in a powerful way for the families who need it the most.
— Sean Daniel Murphy

In this moment, we can choose to watch growth happen for some and celebrate traditional business success stories while others get left behind, or we can stick together, and collectively our community can show up in a powerful way for the families who need it the most.

We believe investing in high potential businesses to create good jobs, new wealth, and economic freedom is our role to play, but we recognize we can’t do it alone. My personal philosophy is to “bet on people who build people,” and now, more than ever, we need everyone in the ecosystem - investors, developers, policy makers, educators, community partners and everyone in our community to play their part.

I look forward to meeting and working with the other awardees and making a greater impact here in the Bay Area together.'

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The San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40 is an annual publication that "recognizes the forty most amazing, most disruptive, most decorated and most respected business leaders" under 40 years old. Read more here.