Pat is a national advocate and leader on marine conservation issues and an active sportsman. Currently, he serves as the National President of the Coastal Conservation Association, one of the nation’s largest marine resource conservation organizations. Founded in 1977, CCA has more than 125,000 members and 224 local chapters throughout the US. Murray has served in a variety of positions within the organization in his 24-year tenure, including leadership roles in state and national operations, state and federal advocacy, development fundraising and grassroots membership cultivation. Prior to joining CCA, he owned and operated a light-tackle fishing guide service along the upper Texas coast.
He is the publisher of TIDE magazine, one of the largest circulated coastal outdoors print magazines with a circulation of more than 100,000. TIDE was named the 2016 Outdoor Publication of the Year by the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. Murray has won numerous awards for his magazine writing and is the author of Texas Fish and Game Publishing’s best-selling book “Pat Murray’s No-Nonsense Guide to Coastal Fishing” as well as a new book published by Texas A&M University Press “It’s More than Fishing.”
Murray’s current board service includes the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, which supports the efforts of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, the largest bi-partisan, bi-cameral caucus in the US Congress; Indifly, an international non-profit that leverages the economic power of recreational fishing lodges to enhance emerging market economies while protecting their local natural resources; and as Vice Chairman of Texas A&M University’s Harte Research Institute which seeks scientific solutions to the challenges facing the Gulf of Mexico. He is a founding Board member of the Building Conservation Trust and Center for Sportfishing Policy, and a past Board member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and University of Texas Marine Science Institute.
Murray is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences and events addressing non-profit leadership, ocean conservation, and grassroots management. He was a featured speaker at the 2017 UBS Global Family Office Forum addressing the future of ocean resources and a presenter during the Wild Texas Film Tour. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and has studied non-profit management and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
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About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 600 scholarships totaling $2.7 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at wehuntwegive.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.