San Diego – Intesa Communications Group (Intesa), an award-winning, strategic communications and government relations firm helping clients communicate and advocate with confidence, announced Greg Murphy has joined the firm as Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Murphy brings 15 years of policy, government, and consulting experience; his hire expands the firm’s government affairs services to include Coastal Commission advocacy, work within the burgeoning blue economy, and increases the firm’s local and statewide relationships for existing clients.
“I have known Greg for more than a decade and could not be more thrilled to have him join our impressive team,” said Intesa partner Maddy Kilkenny. “Greg’s government experience and deep relationships, as well as his unique knowledge of the blue economy and its drivers, are welcome and much-anticipated assets to our client partners.”
The blue economy – often defined as the sustainable use and management of ocean resources for economic growth and ecosystem health — represents a significant growth sector in the state, and a natural opportunity for Intesa’s client-service expansion.
“Intesa is already a trusted government relations and policy-change partner for some of our region’s most recognized leaders,” Murphy said. “It’s a treat to be a part of this respected and uniquely positioned team. Now, Intesa can provide meaningful support in navigating the California Coastal permitting process, nurturing relationships at the state and local level, and executing big wins for blue economy leaders throughout California.”
Prior to joining Intesa, Murphy founded and managed Blue Economy Strategies, and served as Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at BlueNalu, a venture backed cell-cultured seafood startup. Before that, he was Executive Director of TMA BlueTech, a leading trade association for ocean and water technology companies. Greg also has extensive experience with the County of San Diego, where he was Policy Advisor for Supervisor Greg Cox from 2010-2015 during the time Supervisor Cox served on the California Coastal Commission and the National Ocean Council.
Throughout his career, Murphy has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for innovation, human ingenuity, and the power of business as a force for good to create solutions through collaboration. He has been recognized for his thought leadership and has made numerous speaking and media appearances, including CNBC’s Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (January 2021), BlueTech Week (San Diego, 2015-2018), the OECD (Paris, November 2017), United Nations Ocean Conference (New York, June 2017), Our Ocean Wealth Summit (Galway, July 2017), and dozens more.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Murphy is also committed to giving back to the community. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Maritime Museum of San Diego, where he is helping to preserve and promote San Diego’s rich maritime heritage.
When he isn’t working, you can catch him and his wife, Meghan, with their dog, Benny, at Coronado beach, or cheering on the San Diego Padres — he is one of 1,429 people followed by the @Padres on Twitter, after all!