Claudia McMurray is Senior Counsellor to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), representing the sustainability work of the Prince’s Charities in the United States. She has spent her career as a lawyer, policymaker and diplomat, focusing on issues related to the environment, natural resource conservation, sustainability, energy, health and science. She currently serves on a number of boards and advisory committees that deal with these issues.
Before joining the Prince’s Charities, Ms. McMurray served as Senior Counsel to President Obama’s Commission investigating the BP oil spill, and President and CEO of Mainstream Green Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic advice on sustainability, climate change, and other environmental issues.
From 2005-2008, she served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, the most senior U.S. government official, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, solely responsible for international environmental, natural resource conservation, health and science issues. Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Ms. McMurray was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Associate Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to her work in the U.S. executive branch, she has extensive experience in the U.S. Senate, where she served as Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, as well as Counsel to Senators John Warner and Fred Thompson. Ms. McMurray has also practiced law in Washington at the global law firms of Patton Boggs LLP and Kirkland and Ellis.
Ms. McMurray is an honors graduate of Smith College and has a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as an editor of the law review. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband Don Moorehead and her black Labrador Retriever, Fiona.