The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) has appointed Megan Murphy as its new executive director. Originally from Ironwood, Murphy previously served as the director for community health and capacity building at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, where she oversaw the development of a $6.5 million grantmaking and nonprofit support program. She will be taking over for longtime executive director Jim LaJoie, who is set to retire in May.
Sara Giles, President of the SHF Board of Directors, expressed confidence in Murphy’s abilities, citing her extensive 15-plus years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a perfect fit for the organization. She praised Murphy’s vision and strategy to expand the foundation’s reach throughout the Upper Peninsula, emphasizing her creativity, drive, and familiarity with the U.P.
Murphy joined the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2016 as a grants manager before transitioning to a program officer for the Health Fund’s Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle program in 2018. Her work involved improving access to healthy foods, food security, and nutrition and wellness education in Michigan. Prior to her time at the Health Fund, she held various roles within the nonprofit sector in Grand Rapids, focusing on health, philanthropy, program development, and community engagement.
Expressing her excitement about the new role, Murphy emphasized her deep connection to the U.P. and her eagerness to leverage her statewide funding experience to lead SHF into a new chapter. She highlighted SHF’s innovative grant-making approach that exclusively targets UP residents’ health needs