Gail Murray represents District 1, which includes Clayton, Concord (partial), Danville, Lafayette (partial), Martinez, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Unincorporated Contra Costa County (partial). Voters first elected her to the BART Board in 2004 and re-elected her in 2008 and 2012.
Murray brings to the BART Board a wealth of transportation experience. She is the President of Gail Murray Consulting, specializing in public transit policy and planning. She is also a Research Associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. For 10 years, Murray worked at the University of California at Berkeley, where she created the Berkeley TRiP Commute Store, which promoted alternatives to the single-occupant automobile. She also held the position of Acting Director of Transportation for the campus. Other executive positions she has held include Acting Assistant General Manager of AC Transit District in Oakland; and General Manager of a paratransit company in Hayward, serving older adults, persons with disabilities, and Head Start preschoolers.
Murray has been Mayor, Council Member, Planning Commissioner, and Transportation Commissioner for the City of Walnut Creek, and Chair of County Connection (the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority bus operator).
Murray is a member of WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar), AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley. She is a founding member of the Diablo Regional Arts Association and currently serves as a Trustee. She is also a past member of the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors and past Chair of the California Departmental Transportation Advisory Committee.
Murray has a BA from San Jose State and a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.