Margaret co-founded the GreenLight Fund in Boston in 2003 with venture capitalist John Simon and currently serves at the National Executive Director.
The GreenLight Fund raises and invests funds to transform the lives of low-income children, youth and families through an innovative, locally-driven approach that targets social innovations where they are needed most. The GreenLight Fund currently operates in Boston, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Detroit and is expanding at a rate of one community per year. Across its sites, the GreenLight Fund’s portfolio now consists of 17 high-performing nonprofits reaching nearly 60,000 low-income children, youth and families annually.
Before co-founding the GreenLight Fund, Margaret was a Fellow at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and earlier served as Associate Director of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where she launched the public policy program.
She is a member of Lead Boston and Leadership Georgia, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and was named one of 10 Outstanding Atlantans. She chaired the Boards of CityCares (now Hands On Network) and Hands On Atlanta and served on the Boards of Social Venture Partners-Boston and Boston Cares. She currently sits on the Boston Boards of GreenLight portfolio organizations Youth Villages and the Family Independence Initiative.
Margaret earned an M.P.A. at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She lives in Milton, MA with her husband Jack Murray.
“That everyone, from every background, has the opportunity to make a difference in their communities, to receive the life-giving meaning and purpose that generosity, empathy and shared causes bring.”