Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

  • Project Director
  • Fiscal Policy, State and Local Fiscal Health,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Mary Murphy directs Pew’s work analyzing the fiscal conditions of cities, the affordability of state and local debt, and state policies and practices to detect and respond to local financial distress. She also develops new lines of research examining the fiscal and policy relationships between state and local governments.

Murphy’s work helps policymakers understand the challenges facing urban centers; provides data, analysis, and advice to help states navigate fiscal challenges; and offers customized research and technical assistance to budget leaders to guide states and cities toward long-term fiscal health.

Murphy has presented Pew’s work and recommendations to state legislative, professional, and academic audiences.

Before joining Pew, Murphy served as a researcher and analyst at Wider Opportunities for Women, where she led research and authored reports on employment, economic, and income security issues. She also was a researcher at the Urban Institute, specializing in social safety net programs.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Reed College.

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