Chrystal Morris Murphy

Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships

As senior vice president of community partnerships, Chrystal Morris Murphy leads the National Park Foundation’s strategy for building and engaging our national network of nonprofit partners and for increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the partner community, both individually and collectively. She also serves as the key liaison to national park friends groups, cooperating associations, and other nonprofit park partners that support parks across the system – including work related to historic preservation, land conservation, environmental education, youth engagement, outdoor recreation, urban and diverse community engagement, and other relevant fields.

Before joining the organization, Morris Murphy was vice president and senior director of community engagement with America’s Promise Alliance (APA), and has successfully created national partnerships, campaigns, and networks that galvanized communities to action. Morris Murphy spent almost 10 years with APA, a national, nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth. While there, she directed and provided strategic and administrative oversight for 100+ communities and 400+ partners in the Alliance network. As APA’s senior director of state and community summits, she co-directed the National Dropout Prevention Campaign, a two-year, $7 million initiative that provided grants and technical assistance to local communities to host conversations about keeping students in school.

Morris Murphy is a graduate from the American University with a Bachelor of Arts in public communications and Spanish. She also has received executive leadership certificates from Northwestern University’s - Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University, and the American Express Leadership Academy. In her spare time, she sings tenor for the Maryland Choir Society and practices her flute.

Get to know Chrystal
Favorite National Park: 
For inspiration – Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, for a spiritual connection – Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim), for aesthetics – Point Reyes National Seashore and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Favorite Hobbies: 
Gardening and music