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Megan Murphy Appointed New Executive Director of Superior Health Foundation: Bringing Statewide Funding Expertise to Upper Peninsula Communities


Feb 13, 2024
New Executive Director Chosen by Superior Health Foundation

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) has appointed Megan Murphy as its new executive director. Originally from Ironwood, Murphy previously served as the director for community health and capacity building at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, where she oversaw the development of a $6.5 million grantmaking and nonprofit support program. She will be taking over for longtime executive director Jim LaJoie, who is set to retire in May.

Megan Murphy is a seasoned nonprofit professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Her appointment was praised by Sara Giles, President of the SHF Board of Directors, who expressed confidence in her abilities and cited her extensive background as a perfect fit for the organization.

Murphy’s work at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund involved improving access to healthy foods, food security, and nutrition and wellness education in Michigan. Prior to that role, she held various positions within the nonprofit sector in Grand Rapids, focusing on health, philanthropy, program development, and community engagement.

Expressing her excitement about her new role at SHF, Murphy emphasized her deep connection to the U.P., where she grew up. She also highlighted the foundation’s innovative grant-making approach that exclusively targets the health needs of U.P. residents. She stated that she was eager to leverage her statewide funding experience to lead SHF into a new chapter and expand its reach throughout Upper Peninsula communities.

For more information about SHF’s mission and programs visit their website.

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) has appointed Megan Murphy as its new executive director after longtime leader Jim LaJoie announced his retirement plans for May 2023.

Sara Giles from SHF Board of Directors expressed confidence in Murphy’s ability to succeed in this position by praising her extensive 15-plus years of experience in nonprofits as an ideal fit for this organization.

Megan Murphy is no stranger to working with funding; she joined Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) in 2016 as a grants manager before transitioning into a program officer for MHEF’s Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle program.

At MHEF, she worked hard to improve access to healthy foods and nutrition education among Michigan residents while also supporting nonprofits focused on these issues.

Before joining MHEF, Murphy had held various roles within Grand Rapids’ nonprofit sector where she focused on health philanthropy and community engagement.

Excited about this new opportunity close to home, Megan emphasized how familiar she is with Upper Peninsula communities and how thrilled she was to bring her statewide funding experience back home while also expanding SHF’s reach throughout these areas.

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