Director, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships
Greg Murphy is an internationally recognized and effective connector of ocean sustainability stakeholders, having promoted collaboration among academia, industry and government for more than a decade to develop sustainable solutions for humanity’s greatest challenges. He is an outcomes-driven, entrepreneurial professional with executive and management experience in very small and very large, public and private, non-profit and for-profit organizations, with a diverse and strategic set of professional experiences and contacts that will benefit his role in Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships for BlueNalu.
In this role, Greg is responsible for fostering collaborative opportunities with strategic partners in academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations and effectively managing special projects with cross-functional teams in areas of advocacy and government relations, marketing and communications, project management, legal, HR and operations to ensure key performance indicators for growth are achieved and effectively communicated with relevant stakeholders.
Greg is also leading the development of Eat Blue™ - BlueNalu’s educational initiative to promote sustainable seafood and ocean optimism, with a focus on ocean health, human health, animal welfare and economic impact.
Prior to joining BlueNalu full-time in September 2019, Greg started Blue Economy Strategies, with BlueNalu as a client, to support projects that promote sustainable development and help executives position their organizations for optimal growth, impact, success and visibility in the large and growing Blue Economy.
Greg is a former board member of TMA Foundation and former Executive Director of TMA – a leading non-profit industry association and organizer of the largest BlueTech cluster in the United States – where he helped launch the BlueTech Incubator, supported development of the global BlueTech Cluster Alliance, fostered international trade and export initiatives, helped support BlueSTEM educational programs and was a regular speaker at international conferences, including the first ever United Nations Oceans Conference and the OECD.
As a policy advisor, Greg helped position San Diego as a leading center for sustainable ocean solutions in collaboration with regional stakeholders and had a policy portfolio that included the California Coastal Commission, the National Ocean Policy, environmental health, animal services, non-profit grantmaking, and economic development. One of his favorite policy successes includes helping local commercial fishermen sell direct to consumers through an open-air, dockside fishermens market, which celebrates and showcases sustainable seafood through direct interaction with local fishers.
Greg has worked for campaigns and elected officials on both sides of the aisle at the local, state and national level, and continues to informally advise officials on the ocean economy.
He is the fifth generation from Stockton, CA, and is known to have first ordered the salmon plate from Stockton Joe’s at the age of 5, a memory that his Mom regularly likes to recall. After attending middle and high school in Napa, CA, Greg became the first generation in his immediate family to attend university. He received his B.A. in political science from UC San Diego in 2008, where he was elected by his peers to serve as Vice President Finance of the Associated Students.
Greg currently serves as a Board Member of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and together with his wife Meghan, lives in San Diego with their dog Benny.