Katie MurphyVice President, Philanthropy

Katie Murphy

Boulder, Colorado

As Vice President of Philanthropy for River Network, Katie is responsible for guiding River Network’s philanthropic vision and strategy and leading the formation of meaningful relationships with funding partners, which leverage investments to create transformational impact for waterways across the United States. Katie believes strongly in the role of local champions in catalyzing and driving change in their communities and is passionate about creating a just world with equal access to natural resources for all, and believes that healthy rivers are an essential component of personal and community well-being and quality of life.

Katie has spent her career working to improve the quality of life for the world’s most vulnerable communities around the world through access to energy, clean drinking water, and sanitation solutions. Prior to joining River Network, Katie spent over a decade in international non-profit organizations. As Senior Manager of Grants for Water for People, she managed a portfolio of the organization’s key, long-time funders, stewarding current investments, strengthening relationships, and growing giving portfolios in both size and geographic scope. As Executive Director of Elephant Energy, she designed and executed strategic plans to support the organization’s growth from a small, start-up venture to an organization with a strong, diversified revenue base and rapidly scaling programmatic operations, providing overall leadership and hands-on management to developing and executing the organization’s mission, strategy, and annual programmatic, organizational, and financial goals.

Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the Colorado State University and a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Denver.

Katie is thrilled to call Boulder, Colorado home. When she is not working, she enjoys being active outdoors while connecting with nature through trail running, hiking, climbing, and biking. She loves to travel within her home state, the Southwest and internationally, as well as gardening and spending time with her family, and their lively pets—a rescue dog and cat.