Marsha E. Murray, an attorney and longtime City of Houston executive staff member, has been appointed interim director of the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO).

She replaces Carlecia Wright, who resigned to pursue a position in the private sector. 

Murray is currently chief administrative officer for the City of Houston’s Legal Department. She served as the OBO’s deputy director from 2012 to March of this year. 

While at OBO, Murray played an instrumental role in the department’s growth and led comprehensive operational changes and policy updates. She led the expansion of OBO’s services to facilitate free legal assistance and guidance for Houston’s small business community conducting business globally.

Prior to joining the City of Houston, Murray served as legal counsel to New York City government for 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Colgate University and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law. 

“Marsha Murray’s experience and success working with the business community is the kind of leadership the Office of Business Opportunity needs to continue providing economic opportunity and workforce inclusion in the city of Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.