Exploring the Intersection of Community Development and Health
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Martin Building, July 13, 2010
Sister Lillian Murphy, RSM has been Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Housing since 1987. Under her leadership, Mercy Housing has grown to become an award-winning national not-for-profit housing organization operating in 41 states and the District of Columbia and serving over 128,000 people in more than 37,000 units of quality affordable homes. Sister Lillian is a national spokesperson for the cause of affordable housing and the needs of persons who are economically poor. She believes that providing safe, decent, quality housing for everyone, regardless of income, is a matter of economic and social justice. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Social Science from the University of San Francisco (USF). Prior to becoming President and CEO of Mercy Housing, Sister Lillian worked in the health care field for 16 years. In 1998, the USF recognized Sister Lillian by awarding her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In 1999, she received the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California’s Affordable Housing Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sister Lillian is currently serving on the boards of the National Housing Trust and Alegent Health. She is a past member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank, the advisory committee of the Bank of America Community Development Bank, the Housing Impact Advisory Council of the Federal National Mortgage Association. She has served on the boards of the Catholic Health Corporation, Catholic Healthcare West, the Colorado Trust, the Low Income and Investment Fund, and as a Public Interest Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka, Kansas. A Sister of Mercy from the Burlingame, California community for 50 years, Sister Lillian resides in Denver.