Donna Murphy Named Woman of the Year

Congratulations to our Board President!
The Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce has selected Donna Murphy as one of the recipients of its 2012 Community Recognition Awards

Donna Murphy has worked at the heart of two Santa Cruz communities – the scholarship and culture of UC Santa Cruz and the safety-net services and social resources of the United Way and its member agencies. As the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement she has brought the skills of an endowment development strategist for higher education (U. Oklahoma, Tulane University Health Science Center) and the sensibilities of a community organizer to UCSC. She has proven to be an ideal partner in the effort led by Chancellor George Blumenthal and former Mayor Ryan Coonerty to resolve long-standing disagreements and to forge a meaningful partnership between the university and the city for economic development, sustainable solutions to environmental problems, and shared investment. Donna has modeled this community engagement in her work in the community. In addition to being a willing participant and committee member in dozens of community projects, including the Chamber’s Women in Business programs, Economic Development Council and a downtown retail study group, she has served on the United Way of Santa Cruz County board of trustees for five years, chaired the annual United Way Campaign in 2009 and 2010, and is the 2012 United Way Board Chair.