Heather Murren is the cofounder and served as the first chairman of the board for Nevada Cancer Institute through its founding until June 2009, and remains a member of its board of directors. The Nevada Cancer Institute was acquired by the University of California San Diego Health Systems in January of 2012. It is the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada as established by the State Legislature in 2003.
Ms. Murren is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and is a chartered financial analyst. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University, She is founder of the Jochebed Scholarship, which supports an undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences with a demonstrated career interest in improving the health and medical care of underprivileged mothers and children. Fluent in Spanish and French.
In April 2002, she retired as a managing director, Global Securities Research and Economics, of Merrill Lynch where she was group head for the Global Consumer Products Equity Research effort. In this position, she coordinated the efforts of Merrill Lynch’s 16-member global consumer products team, encompassing analysts in Pacific Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. As a senior executive at Merrill Lynch, she was an active mentor of women at the firm. Ms. Murren was a highly ranked analyst, recognized in all major financial industry surveys for the quality of her written work and timely market calls. She was chosen six consecutive years as a member of The Institutional Investor’s All-American Research Team. Her multi-year inclusion in the Greenwich survey and repeated designations by the Wall Street Journal as an all-star analyst underscored her other notable achievements in the economic and financial services community. In addition, while at Merrill Lynch, she was profiled in Fortune magazine as one of Wall Street’s all-star analysts.
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
Ms. Murren was appointed in 2009 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to serve on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a 10-member Federal commission established to examine the domestic and global causes of the financial crisis. The commission examined and held hearings on more than 20 specific areas of inquiry, including the role of fraud and abuse in the financial sector; state and federal regulatory enforcement; tax treatment of financial products; lending practices and securitization; and corporate governance and executive compensation. The commission reported its findings in January, 2011. The report “The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report” was listed on the New York Times bestseller list and was critically acclaimed. Ms. Murren has received both national and local recognition for her leadership. In 2004, she was honored as one of the Influential Businesswomen of the Year by Las Vegas magazine of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She has received both Congressional recognition and commendation from the U.S. Senate for her work at Nevada Cancer Institute. In addition, she has received numerous awards for philanthropy including the Larry King Heart Award for 2004, the Jameson Philanthropic Award from the Nevada Community Foundation, and the Humanitas Award from the Nevada Epicurean Club in 2005. In 2006, she was cited as a Nevada Healthcare Hero by Nevada Business Journal.
Honors, awards and other involvements
Ms. Murren has served as a volunteer translator for the Nevada Health Centers, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare to the community of Nevada regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. She has held a gubernatorial appointment to the Nevada Academy of Health, and currently serves as a member of the Governors Board of Economic Development for the state of Nevada.
- "Bold Ambition: A Cancer Institute for Nevada", interview by Jeanne Johnson, Johns Hopkins' Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring/Summer 2005. Footnote upgraded 2010-07-01.
- "CityCenter: One man’s concept of a real city: To Jim Murren, a CEO who had studied art and architecture and lived in New York, Las Vegas needed a true urban center", by Liz Benston Las Vegas Sun, November 29, 2009, 2 a.m.. Retrieved 2010-07-01.