Kevin Murray, Executive Director
Kevin Murray is Executive Director of the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy (PHRGE), a human rights center at Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to joining PHRGE, Kevin spent seven years at Kevin Murray Strategic Consulting, where he was Founder and Senior Consultant. He also served for 25 years in leadership positions within a variety of international development and human rights advocacy organizations including Oxfam America, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Relief, Grassroots International and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. He worked as a housing rights activist in Boston with City Life/Vida Urbana for much of the decade of the 1980s, and for six years, lived and worked in Central America, primarily El Salvador. His publications include two books (Inside El Salvador and El Salvador: Peace on Trial) a book-length monograph (Rescuing Reconstruction: The Debate on Postwar Economic Recovery in El Salvador) and dozens of published articles on topics ranging from the right to affordable housing in Boston to U.S. policy and human rights in the Middle East. Since his children entered the Boston Public Schools (BPS), he has been active in education-related advocacy, first as a parent at the Rafael Hernández School in Roxbury and then, as an original member of the BPS parent organization, Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST). He writes a popular blog on public education issues from a parent perspective. Murray holds a degree in Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and lives in Roslindale, Mass., with his wife, Ellen Coletti, and their two children, who remain BPS students.