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Kris Murray, Executive Director

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Kris Murray, Executive Director

Kris Murray currently serves as Executive Director for the Association of California Cities – Orange County. Kris was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the association’s executive director in December 2022.


In 2018, Kris founded the consulting firm KLM Strategies, Inc. specializing in consulting services to advance sustainable projects, including energy efficiency, mobility solutions, water resources, and programs that build and maintain resilient communities.

Previously, Kris served for more than seven years as a Senior Vice President for Willdan, an international professional consulting and technical services firm. In this role, she provided corporate leadership to expand the company’s project expertise in the fields of energy efficiency, transportation, water, and municipal consulting services.

Prior to joining Willdan, she served in a dual role as an Executive Director for both Orange County Transportation Authority and the Orange County Council of Governments. Kris held prior positions as Senior Vice President at the Orange County Business Council, and began her career in Washington, D.C. as a senior legislative aide to U.S. Representative Steve Horn (CA-38) serving as a senior legislative assistant and liaison to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


Kris currently serves as Chair of the California Water Regional Quality Control Board for Region 8, focused on protecting our region’s groundwater and natural resources. She also serves on the boards of the Orange County Conservation Corps and Southern California Water Coalition


Kris is the former Mayor Pro Tem and at-large councilwoman in the City of Anaheim (2010-2018). During her tenure on the Anaheim City Council, Kris served two terms as chair of the Orange County Council of Governments and served as a board member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Association of California Cities–Orange County (ACC-OC), League of California Cities, and Transportation Corridor Agencies.

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