2022 Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership Honoree: Marsha Murray

During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), Walker’s Legacy will be hosting our Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership Awards Luncheon. Our annual award is given to women in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made and their continued dedication to advancing economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems, and job opportunities within their communities and industries. 

Marsha E. Murray, Esq., was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve as the Director of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) in April 2020. Prior to her appointment as Director, Ms. Murray served as OBO’s Deputy Director.  

As Director, Ms. Murray leads the City’s supplier diversity, workforce development, and inclusion efforts, with a focus on administering programs and initiatives that increase access to economic opportunity for historically underutilized businesses and disenfranchised individuals. During her tenure with OBO, Ms. Murray has focused on enhancing and expanding the organization’s service offerings, creating operational efficiencies, and  implementing sound policies to support local small businesses. Under her leadership, OBO provided critical support and resources to businesses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, including administering a $35 million small business grant and resiliency program,  impacting well over 1000 businesses adversely affected by the pandemic. Ms. Murray  understands that the needs of the small business community, particularly those that have  been historically under-resourced, are vast and constantly evolving, and she recognizes that OBO plays an integral role in providing impactful resources to address those needs.  

Ms. Murray’s commitment to public service spans 20 years. Prior to joining the City of Houston, she served as legal counsel to New York City’s government for 10 years. During that time, she worked to ensure that the most vulnerable New Yorkers had access to social services and led programs that served to maximize housing options for citizens in a challenging housing market. 

Ms. Murray has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish from Colgate University and a Law Degree from Villanova University School of Law.

We look forward to honoring Ms. Murray at the 2022 Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership Awards!

Jeneé Porter

WALKER'S LEGACY IS A GROWING GLOBAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS COLLECTIVE FOUNDED TO ESTABLISH NETWORKS OF EMPOWERMENT AND ACCESS FOR WOMEN OF COLOR IN BUSINESS.

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