Francis Murray is the past president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Prior to his appointment, He served as senior advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc. He was previously a policy advisor to the US secretary of energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton administration’s national energy policy. In the early 1990s, Mr. Murray served as the New York State commissioner of energy and chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors. He also served as chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive energy plan for the state that integrated state energy, environmental, and economic development policies.
In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed deputy secretary to Governor Cuomo for energy and the environment, a position he held until 1992. He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors’ Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and subsequently as an energy and environmental policy advisor to governor Hugh Carey.