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.