Brian Murphy comes to the Advisory Council with a strong connection to space travel and exploration. Growing up in Southern California, Brian was a child of the Space Race. His father worked for North American Aviation, which produced the X-15 rocket plane, the second stage of the Saturn V rocket, along with the Apollo command module. Like many of his colleagues here at The Society, he was also an avid watcher of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series.
Brian arrives on the heels of a thirty year career in major gifts fundraising in higher education, space, and environmental advocacy. In addition to his duties as a major gifts officer, he co-chaired a fundraising committee to build a new swimming complex at his alma mater, Occidental College. He is also a part-time coach for a youth swimming team.