Mark Murphy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

“I believe in the importance of curiosity.”

Mark creates opportunities. 

Mark works with an amazing team to support young people as they become the true drivers of their learning and development and seize opportunities to grow and lead.

Mark has spent most of his career developing and supporting school leaders throughout the country. With experience as a classroom teacher and school principal, he has served as executive director of several organizations and served on boards including the Council of Chief State School Officers and Chiefs for Change. Before founding GripTape, Mark was the Secretary of Education in Delaware where, during his tenure, Delaware youth significantly improved their academic achievement, college access and success soared, high school dropout rates reached the lowest point in history, and the high school graduation rate increased to a record level.

When he’s not creating new opportunities for young people, you’ll find Mark hiking the Catskills or rescuing the creatures his cat Jerry brings home.

GripTape team member since 2015
Location: Rhinebeck, NY