The Institutes Griffith Foundation Welcomes Beth Murphy and Ken Cooley to its Advisory Council

The Institutes Griffith Foundation

MALVERN, PA — The Institutes Griffith Foundation, a Chester County-based organization dedicated to providing non-partisan education in public policy, has announced the appointment of Beth W. Murphy and Ken Cooley to its Advisory Council.

Beth Murphy, a seasoned legal professional with nearly two decades of experience in the insurance sector, is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Grange Insurance. Murphy’s role sees her leading teams in Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit, House Counsel, and Corporate Litigation. Her expertise spans a broad spectrum, from property and casualty compliance to litigation defense and legal research. Murphy’s career trajectory began in 1998 at Rainey, Kizer, Butler, Reviere & Bell before she moved to Grange Insurance in 2002, where she ascended to the Corporate Legal Department by 2005.

Ken Cooley, a respected attorney with an impressive 20-year tenure in public office, has left an indelible mark on California’s legislative landscape. He served in the California State Assembly from 2012 to 2022, where he chaired several key committees, including the Joint Senate and Assembly Rules Committee. Cooley was instrumental in the modernization of legislative facilities, overseeing a significant transition to a temporary 10-story building in 2021 that paved the way for necessary infrastructure upgrades.

Cooley is also recognized for his expertise in disaster readiness and insurance policy. His contributions range from advisory roles in the state assembly and senate to significant positions on the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. His presidency at the National Council of Insurance Legislators in 2022 further underscores his commitment to bipartisan governance and insurance policy advancement.

Frank Paul Tomasello, Executive Director of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm about the new appointments. “Beth Murphy and Ken Cooley are distinguished thought-leaders, eager to amplify The Griffith Foundation’s non-partisan, non-advocative, educational mission. Their backgrounds and talents complement those of our current Council members,” he said.

Both Murphy and Cooley are expected to bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the advisory council, furthering the foundation’s mission to provide balanced, impartial education to public policy members. Their appointments accentuate the foundation’s dedication to cultivating an environment of diverse thought leadership and robust discourse on public policy matters.

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