Tammy Snyder Murphy | Chair & Founder

Born in 1965, Tammy Snyder Murphy is a native of Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., English and Communications, 1987). While at the University, Tammy served as Vice President of the College and Vice Chairman of the Honor Committee, among other activities.

Tammy Murphy has been married for 21 years to Ambassador Philip D. Murphy. The Murphys recently returned home after four years of representing the United States in the Federal Republic of Germany. Tammy and Philip have four children: Josh, who attends Tufts University; Emma and Charlie, who attend Phillips Academy Andover; and Sam, who attends the Rumson Country Day School.

Tammy worked in finance for many years, principally with Goldman Sachs in the U.S. and Investcorp in Europe. She has lived overseas – London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Berlin – and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She speaks German and some Italian.  

In 2014, Tammy and her husband founded New Start New Jersey, a policy think tank focused on bold ideas to jump start the state's economy.  In addition to being Founder, Tammy serves as Chair and Secretary.

Tammy also serves on the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors, as a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy Andover, Secretary of The Climate Reality Action Fund (an organization founded by Al Gore), and an Advisory Board member of each of the American Council on Germany and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. 

Tammy has, in the past, served as: Chair for the Advisory Council of 2nd Floor (a youth hotline which she co-founded in New Jersey), Chair for Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and Advisory Board of each of The College Foundation at the University of Virginia and the Rumson Country Day School, as well as trustee of each of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and the Count Basie Theatre.

Representing their country transformed the Murphys. On scores, if not hundreds, of occasions, Tammy individually and with her husband, spoke and lead on behalf of the United States of America. She gave speeches, chaired meetings and hosted meals and receptions, touching thousands of Germans and Americans. There has been no greater honor in her life.


New Start New Jersey believes our state can do better — better for our families, better for our middle class. Committed not only to exploring, but also to enacting the most effective public policy initiatives to grow the economy and improve our quality of life, New Start New Jersey will work to generate momentum toward fulfilling our considerable promise, ensuring a more prosperous future for our state and all of our citizens.



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