Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University. For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations.
She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women's well being. Currently, she is a scholar/activist at the Union Institute and a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work on women’s health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was nominated as one of a group of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ms. Murray serves on several boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the African Women’s Development Fund, Commonweal, the Global Justice Center (Chair), GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa), Hesperian Foundation, and UNNITI (a women's foundation in India).
Ms. Murray's personal interests include gardening, beekeeping, and writing. She resides in Menlo Park, California. She has one daughter who is an attorney in California.