Margaret Murphy-Webb

2020 Chicago Peace Fellow
Director, South Side Jazz Coalition

Margaret Murphy-Webb is a Chicago-based musician and activist. A graduate of Chicago State University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, she is an award-winning international performer with over 30 years of experience. Margaret retired as a Chicago Police officer with 22 years of service. One of the first police officers trained in crisis intervention, she was named Police Officer of the Year in 2004 for her work with teens and homeless people in Uptown. In 2018, Margaret was named Chicago’s Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists of America for her work as co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, the South Side Jazz Coalition, which produces and promotes free music and educational events on the South Side. Margaret is a co-chair of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the Year of Chicago Music 2020 and a member of the City of Chicago Cultural Council.