Michael Murphy

Executive at New England Water Environment Association

Michael Murphy is currently the Director of the Water Innovation Council at the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) and an independent water tech innovation consultant. Most recently, Michael was the CEO of X2O, an early-stage water quality sensing, and data science company. Michael oversaw all aspects of X2O’s strategy, team building, and technology development. Prior to X2O, Michael was the Director of Water Innovation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), where he provided leadership and strategy development in formulating and delivering on the Massachusetts vision to become a global leader in accelerating cutting-edge water technologies into the market. Before moving to Massachusetts in 2012, Michael worked on water initiatives at The World Bank, Global Environment Facility, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Pacific Institute, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. Of particular note, Michael was invited to attend and participate in the White House Water Summit in 2016 under the Obama Administration. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas State University and an MBA and M.A. from the Middlebury Institute at Monterey.

2:05 - 3:05 PM PANEL


Smart Water & Wastewater Panel


  • Robert Mace | Executive Director of Meadows Center at Texas State University 


  • Tyler Hjorth | Assistant Director of Public Services at City of San Marcos
  • Michael Murphy | Executive at New England Water Environment Association
  • Daniel Bogar | Business Development at 374Water
  • Jenna Walker | Director, Watershed Services at Texas State University