Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University in economics, political science, and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women's reproductive health. She has worked at the United Nations as a writer, taught in Hong Kong and Singapore, and spent several years as an editor with Oxford, Stanford, and Yale University presses.
For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978 to the end of 1987, she directed the environment and international population programs of the Hewlett Foundation in California. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women's well being. Currently, she is a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University.
Professor Murray serves on several boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the African Women's Development Fund, Commonweal, Doctors for Humanity, the Global Justice Center (Board Chair), GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa), SPARK (a women's philanthropy), and UNNITI (a women's foundation in India). She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work on women's health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was nominated as one of a group of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her book on the early years of the Global Fund for Women, Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change, was published by New World Library, California, in May 2006. Her most recent book on international women's health, From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice, was published by Common Courage Press, Maine, in 2008.