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Meet the City of Goleta’s New Sustainability Manager

Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to introduce Dana Murray as the City’s new Sustainability Manager. Ms. Murray will oversee Goleta’s Sustainability Program and its vision for a cleaner and greener Goleta for all. She will manage projects that help Goleta address climate action, sustainability, community resilience, renewable energy and shared mobility.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “This is an important role for the City and a great hire for Goleta. We are thrilled to have someone with this caliber of experience to help Goleta achieve its ambitious sustainability goals. We proudly welcome Ms. Murray to our team and wish her great success ahead and a rewarding time serving our City.”

Ms. Murray brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the conservation, sustainability, and environmental field and broad international experience including the Peace Corps. She comes to the City from Manhattan Beach, where she served as the Environmental Sustainability Manager over the past five years. Ms. Murray accomplished a great deal during her time there, including helping the City move to 100% renewable energy. Before diving into local government, Dana was the Senior Marine Scientist and Coastal Policy Manager at Heal the Bay, where she worked on science and policy issues related to coastal habitats and marine wildlife in California. Prior to that, she lived and worked in Goleta. Ms. Murray earned her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara’s Brain School, specializing in Conservation Planning and Coastal Marine Resource Management, and her bachelor’s in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA.

Ms. Murray said, “I believe in furthering the City’s vision to support a “cleaner, greener” Goleta and have been inspired by how the City has taken great strides to achieve this vision. I believe meaningful public engagement is critical to furthering that success, especially as we move forward to create a sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient city. As a former Goleta resident, I have ties to the community and great love for the Good Land and the people who live here. I am honored to lead Goleta’s future sustainability efforts.”

Ms. Murray’s first day at the City was on Monday July 18th. You can meet her in person at the City’s Solar Photovoltaic Ribbon Cutting Event next week on July 27 at 10:00 am at City Hall or connect with her via email dmurray@cityofgoleta.org.

To learn more about the City’s Sustainability programs, projects, and initiatives, please visit: https://www.cityofgoleta.org/projects-programs/sustainability-climate-adaptation

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