John Murphy


(703) 246-1377

John is the founder and president of the award-winning, Arlington-based Washington Workplace. A 1979 graduate of Fordham University, he started the company in 1991.

As the oldest of 11 children, John says that the skill set he developed as a “classic first born” translates directly into those abilities needed to run a business and nurture employees and clients. Almost all of Washington Workplace’s employees have been with the company for 10 years or longer and thrive in its family-friendly culture of bottom line and personal accountability.

John attributes the success of Washington Workplace to three key philosophies: turning business relationships into real personal friendships, being prepared for business opportunities when they arise and, most importantly, being committed to serve others (clients, employees, the community) without regard to any personal benefit or return.

He is 1999 alumnus of Leadership Arlington, has served as chairman of the board of the Arlington Free Clinic, Leadership Arlington, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Currently, John serves on the boards of directors of Leadership Arlington, the Arlington Food Assistance Center(AFAC), and Workplace Furnishings (a national office furniture industry trade association). He also enjoys volunteering for Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network(ASPAN), the Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington County, and numerous other community organizations.

John and his family live in Arlington, Virginia.