Statement Congratulating NAACP SCF Trustee Philip D.  Murphy on his Appointment to the Ambassadorship Germany

By Chairman Julian Bond
And by President and CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous

The NAACP is pleased to learn of the appointment of Philip D. Murphy, a member of our Special Contribution Fund Board of Trustees, as the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.   Mr. Murphy was appointed this week by President Barack Obama, during the NAACP’s Centennial Convention in New York City.

Mr. Murphy exemplifies the commitment to civil rights that is the mission of the NAACP.  His tireless work on behalf of the association began several years ago, when Mr. Murphy held a fundraising event at his home in Red Bank, New Jersey.  Recognizing a need for expanding the NAACP’s development and partnership efforts, Mr. Murphy conceived a strategy that, in short order, began providing crucial resources to the association.

As a top investment manager at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Murphy strengthened and expanded the relationship between the NAACP and the corporate community.  In a remarkable historic note, Mr. Murphy’s position at Goldman Sachs and his close involvement with the NAACP continued a long tradition of support between the two entities:  in 1910, Walter E. Sachs, founder of the investment firm Goldman Sachs, was officially named Treasurer of the NAACP. 

Mr. Murphy’s dedication to the NAACP has also included shaping a strategic leadership initiative, as a member of the association’s Futures Commission.  In that role, Mr. Murphy developed a process for identifying future leaders of the NAACP, as well as for developing policies and programs. The Commission was comprised of individuals drawn from across the spectrum of social, political, religious, and educational disciplines, who helped chart the policy direction for the association.  Futures Commission members also drafted the association’s leadership criteria for the 21st Century.

Mr. Murphy’s list of professional accomplishments includes degrees in economics from Harvard, and from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.  He spent a total of 23 years at Goldman Sachs, including three years as head of the firm’s Frankfurt, Germany office.  He was named Senior Director of the firm in 2003, a position he held until his retirement, in 2006.  In addition to his work on behalf of the NAACP, Mr. Murphy served as National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and co-chaired a task force at the Center for American Progress, and the Institute for America’s Future.  He also serves on the board of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the U.S. Soccer Foundation; and the Wharton School’s Graduate Executive and Asian Advisory Board.

We deeply appreciate Mr. Murphy’s integrity, vision, and his vital contributions to securing the future health and success of the NAACP.  We wish the best to Mr. Murphy and his wife, Tammy, as they begin an exciting new chapter.


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