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Kris Murray, Executive Director

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Kris Murray, Executive Director

As Executive Director for the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC), Kris Murray brings more than 25 years of executive management experience, serving public agencies and private industry across Southern California. 


Prior to ACC-OC, 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.  

Prior to joining Willdan, she served as Executive Director of Government Affairs for the Orange County Transportation Authority. Kris also 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 is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Water Regional Quality Control Board for Region 8, currently serving as Chair of the Board. She also serves on the boards of the Orange County Conservation Corps, Southern California Water Coalition, as well as a member of United Way’s United to End Homelessness Leadership Council 


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 (OCCOG) and served as a board member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Association of California Cities–Orange County (ACC-OC), League of California Cities – Orange County Division, and Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). 

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