I wrote this book to help others who share the goal of improving their communities at a local or regional level. It’s about my memories of time as an elected official, written as a guidebook for others to learn from my experiences. Those currently in or hoping to be in public service, whether elected or on staff, can benefit from my insights. Readers who want a roadmap to make a difference in their own regions can use the case studies of Walnut Creek and the Bay Area to find concrete examples to apply.
Master of Public Administration, Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Bachelor of Arts, English and Journalism, San Jose State University, Magna cum laude
Professional Experience 1977-1999
Consulting Experience 1994-Present
Gail Murray is sole proprietor of Gail Murray Consulting. She has managed all aspects of projects, including program design, operations, budgeting, and staffing. She is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and a research associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Harvard University Alumni Association, Former Board Member
State of California Departmental Transportation Advisory Committee, Former Chair
Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Member
Mineta Transportation Institute, Research Associate
California Women Lead, Member
Diablo Regional Arts Association, Trustee and Founding Member
Diablo Ballet, Advisory Committee and Former Board Member
Diablo Valley League of Women Voters, Press Releases
"RIP: The Indomitable Spirit of Hale Zukas," by Gail Murray, The Bay Area Monitor, March 2023 . https://bayareamonitor.org
"BART at 50: Fit for a President," by Gail Murray, The Pioneer magazine, serving Clayton, Concord and Pleasant Hill, September4, 2022.
"BART at 50: Fit for a President," by Gail Murray, Walnut Creek Magazine, August 31, 2022.
"BART is 50: The Man who saved BART," by Gail Murray, Diablo Valley League of Women Voters, The VOTER, August 2022, firstname.lastname@example.org
"BART is 50: The Man who saved BART," by Gail Murray, The Pioneer magazine, serving Clayton, Concord and Pleasant Hill, July 21, 2022.
"Is BART Derailment Harbinger for Climate Change?" by Gail Murray, The Pioneer magazine serving Clayton, Concord and Pleasant Hill, July 6, 2022.
“A Look Back: Opening Night at the Lesher Center,” Gail Murray, Walnut Creek Magazine, Oct. 6, 2020.
TCRP Synthesis 98: Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit, Gail Murray and Mark Chase, Transportation Research Board, 2012.
TCRP Synthesis 78: Transit Systems in College and University Communities, Gail Murray, Tara Krueger, and Jason Schreiber, Transportation Research Board, 2008.
TCRP Report 108: Car-Sharing: Where and How it Succeeds, Adam Millard-Ball, Gail Murray, Jessica Ter Schure and Christine Fox, Transportation Research Board, November 2005.
TCRP Report 101:Toolkit for Rural Community Coordinated Transportation Services, Jon Burkhardt, Charles Nelson, Gail Murray and David Koffman, Transportation Research Board, December 2003.
TCRP Report 91: Economic Benefits of Coordinating Human Service Transportation and Transit Services, Jon Burkhardt, David Koffman, and Gail Murray, March 2003.
TCRP Report 49: Using Public Transportation to Reduce the Economic, Social, and Human Costs of Personal Immobility, Gail Murray, Cliff Chambers, with Ricardo Byrd and Lou Collier, Transportation Research Board, 1999.
“A Tale of Two Counties," Gail Murray, Cliff Chambers and David Curry. Transit California, May 1998.
“MTA and AC Transit Get Welfare-to-Work," Gail Murray, Transit California, February 1998.
TCRP Report 21: Strategies to Assist Local Transportation Agencies in Becoming Mobility Managers, Gail Murray, David Koffman, Cliff Chambers, with Peter Webb, Transportation Research Board, 1997.
Conduct of Background Research for the Establishment of an International Surface Transportation Policy Conference in California “Global Cooperation Through Transportation: Joining Forces Across Borders," Gail Murray, Project Leader, Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies, Report 96-2, June 1996.
“Promoting Commute Alternatives: Will it Work in Your City?” Gail Murray, Western City, Vol. LXII, No. 4, April 1986.BB