Lodriguez Murray joined UNCF in 2017 as vice president of public policy and government affairs. In this role, he develops and drives strategies to influence and mobilize action in the U.S. Congress and executive branch on the public policy priorities of UNCF, its 37 member HBCUs and the 50,000 students they serve. Murray is also a member of the advisory board of the HBCU Capital Finance Program and served on the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking on borrower defense. He was made Senior Vice President in 2019.Since joining UNCF, Murray has worked to forge bipartisan compromises in Congress and with the Administration to secure the following advancements for HBCUs:
- Passing new deferment authority into law for the HBCU Capital Finance Program, allowing 13 HBCUs financial relief from loans to the Department of Education;
- Increase of nearly $200 million in federal appropriations for HBCUs over the span of three fiscal years, cumulatively; and
- Passage into law of the FUTURE Act, indefinite funding for HBCU science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs via a first-of-its-kind digital platform and the campaign entitled #ProtectingOurFUTURE.
- Murray has extensive government affairs experience representing academic centers, patient rights organizations and private companies. He began his career in Washington as a special assistant for the late Rep. Charles (Charlie) W. Norwood, Jr. (GA). It was in Norwood’s office that he learned the congressional authorization and appropriations processes as well as the importance of customer/constituent services.
After leaving Norwood’s office, Murray spent more than a decade working in government affairs as a lobbyist and senior vice president at Washington’s top firm specializing in healthcare and disparities. He has represented the interests of Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Howard University Health Sciences Institutions, Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, National AHEC Organization, Nation Council for Diversity in the Health Professions (NCDHP), Zimmer Inc.’s Movement is Life, American Liver Foundation and OraSure Technologies, Inc. Murray additionally served as the executive director of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, the group of historically black graduate schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.Under Murray’s leadership, the firm’s landmark achievements include the elevation of the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities to the level of an Institute at the National Institutes of Health, safeguards in federal legislation protecting programs for historically black health schools and funding on an annual basis for programs to assist with the education of minority health professions students.A native of Augusta, GA, Murray received a UNCF scholarship for his entire tenure attending Morehouse College, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Recognitions include the Congressional Black Caucus “40 Under 40” award in healthcare, a special award of recognition from Xavier University’s Health Disparities Conference, and the Higher Education Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service from the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and ordained a minister at the United House of Prayer for All People.