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WRA’s team of experts has three decades of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decision makers accountable.

Murphy Bannerman

Murphy Bannerman

Government Affairs Manager


Government Affairs

Office Location

Phoenix, Arizona

Area of Focus

As the Arizona Government Affairs Manager, Murphy works with stakeholders throughout the state to promote conservation policies in the administrative and legislative spheres. With a focus on building coalitions to support clean energy policies and programs, she builds relationships with elected officials, community partners, and the business community to advance WRA’s vision in the region. As part of her role, she’ll also serve on Arizona Forward’s Central Regional Council, helping to inform the organization and its members on sustainability issues.


Murphy is originally from Pennsylvania and spent the latter half of her childhood growing up in Arizona. She began her career as a photojournalist and later transitioned to community organizing and advocacy. Her work has ranged from electoral work to voting rights, reproductive rights, and now sustainability.


An accomplished community activist, Bannerman was named Emerge Arizona’s 2017 Woman of the Year for her work leading the Women’s March in Phoenix. Additionally, she played a key role in the creation of a civilian review board for City of Phoenix Police Department.


Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Arizona State University

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