Los Angeles

John W. Murray, Jr. was recently appointed to the position of president and executive director for Southern California Regional Purchasing Councils, Inc. (SCRPC).

In his newly appointed position, Murray will be responsible for helping SCRPC’s corporate members develop, maintain and expand their minority suppler programs. He will also work to identify opportunities and encourage information exchange between minority enterprises and the private sector.
“I am excited about John joining our council,” said Anna S. Johnson, SCRPC chairperson. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and I am looking forward to SCRPC reaching new heights under his guidance.”
During the previous nine years, Murray has served in several notable executive positions. As vice president of Jenkins Gales & Martinez (JGM), a minority owned construction management/program management professional services firm, he led the team of JGM to being awarded the contract to reconstruct California State University, Northridge following the 1994 earthquake.
Later, Murray became senior vice president of U.S. Public Technologies, which was acquired by Lockheed Martin IMS. Upon the acquisition, Murray continued to serve the organization by leading the Traffic Safety Systems marketing programs in the Western United States. In August 2001, Lockheed Martin IMS was acquired by Affiliated Computer Services. Until his recent appointment to SCRPC, he held the position of senior manager of business development for the company.
“I am very excited and honored to join SCRPC,” said Murray. “Given the wavering state of the economy, now more than ever, it is essential to identify new business opportunities and advocate for minority enterprises. In my new role, I will be able to provide support to minority economic development in Southern California.”
Prior to joining SCRPC Murray also led a distinguished career in the public sector. He has served in various government posts including legislative deputy for State Senator Nate Holden and Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell. In 1991, Mayor Tom Bradley appointed Murray as commissioner to the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Public Works. During his service as commissioner, Murray earned a stellar reputation as a firm advocate on behalf of opportunities for minority and women owned businesses on public sector capital projects.
Following his eminent service to the City, Murray began his ten-year career as a savings and loan executive with First Nationwide Savings Bank. He entered the company as vice president and manager in the savings division. However, he developed an astute interest in real estate and successfully completed a series of courses in real estate through UCLA’s graduate extension program. This opened the door for new opportunities, as he became senior administrator of Corporate Real Estate-Owned in the loan division where he was responsible for managing and marketing residential and commercial properties nationwide.
Outside of the office, Murray has been a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Personnel Commission overseeing the Merit System, which affects more than 37,000 classified district employees, for seventeen years. Among his other civic involvements, he also serves on several committees for the Central City Association.
“There are many successful minority suppliers. Many of these businesses have experienced added success due to the efforts of SCRPC,” said Murray. “But that does not mean our work is complete. These suppliers still need advocates that will help them further develop and expand their current programs. I am looking forward to working with these valued suppliers and assisting them with the new challenges and opportunities they will face.”