A native of Burlington, Massachusetts, Mark Murphy is a veteran of the Massachusetts Army National Guard having served for 9 years as a Commissioned Officer. He received a direct commission in 2008 as a Staff Specialist and Second Lieutenant, and from 2011 through his honorable discharge in 2017 Mark served as a 56A Chaplain, achieving the rank of Captain. Mark served in a number of units and leadership roles over his military career, including at the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Milford, MA, the 101st Field Artillery Regiment in Brockton, MA, the 126th Aviation Regiment in Bourne, MA, and on the command staff at Camp Edwards Headquarters in the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Cape Cod.
On the civilian side, Mark has extensive experience in non-profit program management and development and in the field of government affairs. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the New England PVA in December 2019, Mark served as the Chief of Staff to an At-Large Boston City Councilor. In this role, Mark wrote legislation on behalf of the Councilor that supported the veteran community in Boston, including hearing orders regarding homeless veterans and veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These resolutions increased public awareness regarding veteran needs in the community while also facilitating concrete ways to connect more veterans to vital social services throughout the City of Boston.
As Executive Director of the New England PVA, Mark works closely with the Chapter President and Board of Directors to provide leadership and overall day-to-day operational and financial management of the organization. Mark is responsible for building and maintaining strong community relationships in the New England region, overseeing fundraising efforts and budget management, and facilitating strong administrative operations in moving the priorities and plans of the Chapter forward.
When asked what he likes about working at the New England PVA, Mark said, “To put it simply, I love working with and for veterans. As Executive Director of the New England Chapter, I am fortunate to have my hand in a variety of important initiatives that positively support the life of our organization, such as various programs, fundraising, planning events, and working closely with our Board members and volunteers. Serving and supporting paralyzed veterans in my work each day is truly gratifying.”