Mary Murphy

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


Mary Murphy directs Pew’s work on states’ fiscal policy, which helps policymakers identify and implement effective fiscal management strategies. She leads research and outreach to state and local policymakers on a range of issues, including strategies to manage volatility, stabilize budgets, manage long-term debt effectively, and strengthen local governments. Her work provides data, analysis, and guidance to help policymakers navigate fiscal challenges; and offers customized research and technical assistance to guide states and cities toward long-term fiscal health.

Before joining Pew, Murphy was a researcher and analyst at Wider Opportunities for Women, where she led research and wrote 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.

Recent Work