Placed Leaders

Sara Murphy

Director, New Markets

Ocean Conservancy

Koya | Diversified Search Group Partnered with Ocean Conservancy on the search for a Director of New Markets. Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges by creating evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. They protect vital ecosystems, defends critical legislation, enforces accountability of leaders and legislators, and have rallied the world’s largest effort to remove trash from beaches.

Our work resulted in the appointment of Sara Murphy to the role.

In this role, Sara’s work is focused on reaching new strategic markets, conveying Ocean Conservancy’s unique value proposition, and engaging donor audiences. With over 15 years of experience in Marketing & Communications at impactful, mission-driven organizations, Sara is thrilled to contribute to Ocean Conservancy’s vision of a healthier ocean, protected by a more just world.

Prior to joining Ocean Conservancy, Sara led Marketing & Communications at, which empowers scientists to reinvent the world and address climate change by bringing their research and innovations to market. Sara’s career as a brand marketer has included work at a groundbreaking social enterprise, respected PR agency, legacy arts organization, and several leading outdoor and lifestyle brands.

Sara received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on the historiography of Filipino farm workers and the intersection of race and labor in the U.S. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.