Seamus Murphy was recently appointed by the WETA Board of Directors as the agency’s next executive director. Murphy officially joined the agency January 4, 2021, and will work parallel with retiring longtime WETA Executive Director Nina Rannells for a month.
Murphy served for the last five years as the Chief Communications Officer for the San Mateo County Transit District (District), which operates Caltrain and SamTrans transit services. Murphy led all communications functions for the agency, including the effort to secure two voter-approved revenue sources that are credited with providing much-needed financial stability and the means to grow the agency’s transit services. Prior to that role, Murphy led government affairs for the District, where he was instrumental in securing support for major investments, including the Caltrain modernization program.