Susan Murray, CPA, New CO/FO for Soroptimist

Will help global organization set operational direction and financial policy

August 23, 2017
Contact: Kamali Brooks, Communications Manager, 215-893-9000, extension 130, kamali@soroptimist.org

Philadelphia, PA —Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls through programs leading to economic empowerment, welcomes Susan R. Murray, CPA, of Devon, Pa., as its chief operating and financial officer.

In this role, Murray will provide direction, management and the vision necessary to ensure Soroptimist has the appropriate resources and systems in place to effectively support the organization’s growing collective impact while ensuring its financial strength and operating efficiency.

“I am thrilled to join an organization that does such powerful and meaningful work,” Murray said. “I look forward to working with leadership, staff and members in support of the opportunities Soroptimist creates for disadvantaged women and girls around the world, as well as ensuring we have the backbone and resources to continue making an impact for years to come.”

Prior to Soroptimist, Murray served as senior accounting manager at Reinvestment Fund, Inc., an agency that integrates data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. While there, she managed $30 million in grant funding and managed agency tax and other regulatory filings. Her career also includes working as the chief financial officer for HelpHOPELive, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses, where she played an integral role in the growth and success of the organization. She has also worked as a senior tax accountant at several local public accounting firms and is a long-tenured volunteer at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, where she is currently the organization’s treasurer.

Murray holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in marketing and a minor in finance from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She also earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Philadelphia University.

“We are pleased to welcome Sue as our chief operating and financial officer,” said Soroptimist Executive Director and CEO Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA. “With the wealth of experience she brings, we are confident she can help lead Soroptimist to new levels of operational effectiveness while managing the overall financial health of our organization.”

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of disadvantaged women and girls through the work of volunteers in 20 countries and territories. Its Soroptimist Dream Programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential. This includes the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, which provides cash grants for head-of-household women seeking to improve their lives with the help of education or training. Almost $30 million in awards has been disbursed to tens of thousands of women since the program began in 1972. Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls provides girls with tangible strategies to accomplish their career goals. A 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community that offers actionable volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

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