Former Mayor’s Chief of Staff Takes on G.U. Role

Chris Murphy, new vice president for Georgetown University. | Georgetown University

The former chief of staff to Mayor Vincent Gray started as Georgetown University’s first ever vice president for government relations and community engagement last Monday. Chris Murphy, a 1998 Georgetown Law graduate, brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit, local and federal sectors.

“Georgetown is a very important member of, and contributor to, the Washington, D.C., community and plays a critical role in so many national conversations,” Murphy says. “I am eager to expand on those relationships so that Georgetown can play an even more influential and helpful role.”

In the newly created position, Murphy will coordinate the university’s engagement with local community groups, as well as the federal government, the District of Columbia and other area governments.

Before working for the mayor, Murphy served as editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, deputy chief of staff for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, general counsel and executive director of human resources for Atlantic Media Company, and founded City Year Washington, D.C., an AmeriCorps program, for which he also served as executive director.

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